It may-be the case that the GMC have recommended that you approach GPH as they think you may benefit from the services we can offer you rather than being part of any restrictions or undertakings on your practise. Your contact with GPH is therefore purely voluntary on your part and the GMC will have NO further involvement and your care will be entirely confidential.
For some health professionals a condition of continuing practise might be that restrictions are placed on registration, known as undertakings or conditions.
These doctors often have a substance misuse or dependency diagnosis, and in these circumstances the GMC will appoint their own medical supervisors. Medical supervisors report back to the GMC on the doctor progress under treatment and also engage with the workplace and clinicians or others involved in the GP’s care. GMC medical supervisors do not themselves provide ongoing treatment. Some GPs in this category who contact GPH may want reports on their progress from the GP Health Service to form part of the GMC medical supervision process. However if the patient does not give consent for GPH to share details of their health with the GMC then GPH will not do so (unless it appears that patient safety is compromised).
It may be the case that a complaint has been sent to the GMC and as yet the GMC has not completed their investigation or, having investigated the complaint, has decided to refer it to a Fitness-to-Practise panel. This might be the case where, for example, you have been referred to the GMC following a drink-drive offence. We can help you deal with your problem ahead of the GMC process, putting you in a much better position when the case is eventually heard. This will especially be the case where you are able to demonstrate insight into your problem and benefit from the support and help that GPH is able to provide.
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