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Changes to NHS Practitioner Health from April 15th, 2024

By Libby Morley, iOH Vice-President

Published 15 April 2024

Update : NHS England do a U-turn

Dr Navina Evans, chief workforce officer for NHSE announced the turnaround today, the day the service was due to stop!

It appears the discussion with Practitioner Health led to an extension of 12 months whilst a wider review is carried out. The sentiment appears to be due to a need to ensure all staff groups have access to the mental health care they need.

From April 15th, 2024, this service will no longer offer support to doctors or dentists working in secondary care but those already registered will not be affected. Those working in primary care will be able to access the service until the end of March, 2025.

NHS Practitioner Health is a free, confidential service for doctors and dentists across England with mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice. This self-referral service provides support with:

  • Common and more complex mental health conditions
  • Mental health conditions relating to a physical health issue
  • Substance misuse including support for community detoxification
  • Rehabilitation and support to return to work after a period of mental ill-health.

Some examples of the support available through this service are:

  • General psychiatric support and treatment (face-to-face)
  • Support for addiction related health problems (face-to-face)
  • Psychological therapies, e.g. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) (face-to-face or via Video Technology/Call
  • Brief psychotherapy
  • Group therapy including reflective practice groups
  • Local group addressing specific areas (for example, suspended doctors, addicted doctors or specific issues affecting mental health in a particular area).

For further information please visit

NHS England » NHS Practitioner Health

Changes to commissioned arrangements for NHS staff from secondary care (practitionerhealth.nhs.uk)

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