Treatment services are available in all 13 localities across England.
There will be a range of clinical support, accessible across England with GPs and GP trainees free to choose the most suitable area and clinician which meets their needs.
There is a choice of different premises across local services to enable ease of access, with the confidence of anonymity to minimise risk of meeting colleagues or patients.
Following assessment you will be given access to the Booking App which will allow you to select the right clinician or therapist for you. The app will provide you with the ability to contact your clinician or therapist and give you their address, directions and any other details you need before attending your appointment.
Local Clinical Leads
In each area of the country we have appointed a local Clinical Lead who will act as a point of contact for advice and discussions regarding local services.
|Cumbria and North East||Dr Richard Duggins|
|Lancashire and Greater Manchester||Dr Kate Breckon|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||Dr Sue Elton|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||Dr Jenny Holmes|
|North Midlands||Dr Chandra Kanneganti|
|Central Midlands||Dr Vanessa Manley|
|West Midlands||Dr Maurice Conlon|
|East||Dr Lucy Henshall|
|South Central||Dr Andrea Gibson|
|South West||Dr Andrew Tresidder|
|Wessex||Dr Nigel Cowley|
|South East||Dr Kate Little|
|London||Dr Jane Marshall|
Dr Richard Duggins
Dr Richard Duggins is a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist, and Clinical Lead of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Services in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. He is dual trained, holding a CCST in General Psychiatry and a CCT in Psychotherapy, and he is an accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist, interpersonal psychotherapist (IPT) and dynamic interpersonal psychotherapist (DIT). He has over ten years’ experience within specialised services for doctors, leading both House Concern and Practitioner Health North East. He contributed to the Health for Health Professionals competency trainings for the RCGP and RCPsych, and has assisted the GMC and NHS England in developments related to doctors’ health. He is an appraiser, mentor, accredited Balint Leader, and Schwartz Round Clinical Lead.
Dr Kate Breckon
Kate is an experienced GP with a longstanding interest in Occupational health particularly of health professionals and over recent years a developing passion to try to improve the work life balance in General Practice. She qualified from Birmingham in 1985, then pursued a number of interests in general medicine, gaining MRCP; before choosing General practice as a career, completing her GP training in Leeds in 1993. In 2000, after completing her family, she joined a long established practice in Lancaster as a partner, job sharing with her husband until recently. In practice she has gained considerable experience and interest in managing mental health including that of students. She has provided an OH service for local businesses including health care providers. She has been active in managing the practice workforce and in developing new ways of working to ensure the team worked as effectively as possible. This has also included working more widely with the local hospital and community teams. She is a passionate advocate of improving patient care for all in a sustainable way recognising the importance of self-care, peer support and effective signposting to services as well as provision of services. She is a GP Appraiser and a mentor for the local LMC GP Support service and in supporting vulnerable practices. She joined the GP health service as a clinician in 2017. Having now left the partnership, and with all 4 kids now left home, Kate now has the opportunity to pursue new challenges in clinical work, in GP Support and personally. The experiences of being in partnership and latterly the merging process of several practices have given additional understanding to many of the pressures faced by GPs that present to the support networks.
Dr Sue Elton
Dr Elton trained at Charing Cross Hospital London University and completed her GP Training at West Middlesex University Hospital. She joined a partnership in Bramley Leeds in 1990 and gained the Royal College of General Practitioner membership exams in 1991.She remained a full time partner until 2016.
Whilst a partner she had lead roles in Substance Misuse Management, Diabetes and was Employment Lead for the practice which employed 40 members of staff. To support these roles she gained the Postgraduate Certificate in Law, the Diploma in Occupational Health, the postgraduate Diabetes diploma and the Substance Misuse Management certificates parts 1 and 2 and Alcohol Certificates. She has been an Appraiser since 2007.During this time she worked very hard to support members of staff in their roles. She also did sessions as part of the Substance Misuse Services in Bramley for some time before the service was taken back in house under the Shared Care Scheme.
On reaching the age of 55 she left partnership in 2016, and managed to address her work life balance challenges , by becoming a Locum in Chambers and a Clinician for the GPH scheme. She also continues as an Appraiser.
Outside work she enjoys spending as much time as possible at home with her husband and cat, travelling, music, gardening .
Dr Jenny Holmes
MBBS MRCPsych FFFLM RCGP Certificate in Substance Misuse (Parts 1 and 2)
Jenny graduated from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1993. She works part time as a Specialty Doctor in Psychiatry at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust and is a treating clinician as well as Lead for GPH in Cheshire and Merseyside. She has had a portfolio career across general medicine and forensic medicine, entering psychiatry training in 2010. She is a Medical Appraiser and has experience of working with doctors in difficulty.
Jenny completed the postgraduate academic stage of Solicitor’s training at the College of Law in 2003 (before returning to medicine). She does not provide legal advice but can help doctors navigate legal systems if needed.
She also has experience of working in substance misuse services and of looking after doctors who find themselves in the criminal justice system. She is a trustee of the Doctors Support Network which provides peer support to doctors with mental health and substance misuse problems.
Dr Chandra Kanneganti
FRCGP, DFFP, PGc(Med Ed), MSc (Medical leadership)
Chandra has been a GP since 2006. After GP training, Chandra has been working as Principal GP in Stoke-on-Trent. He was trained in Psychiatry in Crichton Royal Hospital, Dumfries as part of his GP training. He has special interest in supporting colleagues with mental health problems. He is trained in CBT. He will be part of providing initial assessments, follow up appointments, and referral for further support services at GPH.
Dr Maurice Conlon
Maurice has worked as a General Practitioner since 1993 at Ridgacre House Surgery in Birmingham. The practice was one of 4% rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC in 2016.
The practice has a long-standing focus on mental health in general and a particular expertise in alcohol and substance misuse in particular with several partners involved both inside the surgery and for third sector organisations. Maurice completed the RCGP Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Misuse in 2015.
Maurice is a medical appraiser for NHS England for the West Midlands local team and Midlands and East region.
Maurice became interested in medical appraisal in 2001, publishing his seminal paper Appraisal: the catalyst of personal development in the BMJ in 2003. He helped establish the NHS Revalidation Support Team (RST) in 2008. His subsequent work as National Appraisal Lead and now as Clinical Advisor to NHS England has included developing the All England Appraisal Network and other pieces of work to improve quality and consistency in appraisal.
Dr Vanessa Manley
MbChB FRCGP DFSRH DCH GPwSI Substance Misuse
Vanessa has worked as a General Practitioner since 1996 at Ridgacre House Surgery in Birmingham. The practice was one of 4% rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC in 2016.
The practice has a long-standing focus on mental health in general and a particular expertise in alcohol and substance misuse in particular with several partners involved both inside the surgery and for third sector organisations. Vanessa completed the RCGP Part 2 Certificate in Substance Misuse in 2012, is a GPwSI in substance misuse and was an approved doctor under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act for many years.
Vanessa is a medical appraiser for NHS England, a GP Trainer and a GP Peer Support Tutor for Birmingham Cross City CCG. This role involves meeting with GPs and practices which are, for whatever reason, struggling and looking at solutions and support for the teams.
Dr Lucy Henshall
MB ChB DRCOG FRCGP
Lucy is newly appointed to GPH but is an experienced GP with a lifelong long interest and much expertise in managing common mental health problems. Qualifying from Sheffield in 1987, the clinical exposure in her 4 month HO post in Acute Adult Psychiatry in Sheffield, followed by a further 6 months in Lincolnshire, proved invaluable to her career as a GP. After completing the Boston GP Vocational Training Scheme she moved to Suffolk where she has worked as a GP since 1993, including twenty years as a Partner, latterly as Senior Partner. She retired from her Practice in August 2015, though remains on the Performers List as a freelance GP.
Through her committed efforts over many years liaising with clinical colleagues in Secondary Mental Health Services and the local commissioning bodies; she has earned a reputation for her dedication to providing excellent patient care, and equally for her enthusiasm in helping improve local services, to benefit all patients.
Since 2001 Lucy has been a very active LMC member and is currently Joint Vice Chair of Suffolk LMC. Ensuring referral pathways between sectors remain grounded in realism, and that individual patients can move smoothly between agencies as required, has been the hallmark of her Liaison work over many years.
Dr Andrea J Gibson
Andrea graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1995. She completed vocational training on the Yorkshire-Lancashire border and has been a GP since 2000. She is currently a sessional GP in Gloucestershire with portfolio roles including a role as a GP Appraiser and an interest in GP education. Andrea’s career has been unconventional and at various times she has been a GP Locum, a Salaried GP and a GP Partner and understands from experience the challenges of each. Over the past 5 years, she has been developing specialist knowledge and skills in the health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals and believes in providing a supportive, compassionate and confidential healthcare service for Doctors.
Dr Andrew Tresidder
MBBS Cert Med Ed
A Somerset GP and MRCGP since 1989, Andrew has been passionate about the Health of Health Practitioners since his time on Somerset LMC. A founder member of the Somerset Clinician Support Service, he is also an Appraiser, a Section 12 Approved Doctor, and works part-time for Somerset CCG on Patient Safety. Andrew qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 1983, and trained as a GP mainly in the South West. Past work includes Prison Medicine and Police work for Avon and Somerset Police, and as GP Academy Lead at Yeovil for Bristol Medical School. He teaches Health Professionals on Health and Self-Care.
Dr Nigel Cowley
MB ChB MRCGP DRCOG DCH Dip Ad Med Education PGCE NLP practitioner
Nigel has been a GP at Denmark Road Medical Centre, Bournemouth for the last 25 years. He qualified from Birmingham University in 1983 and trained in the midlands, Australia and Gloucestershire before entering into practice in Salisbury.
He is also a GP trainer, appraiser and mentor. He has an interest in training GPs to manage mental health problems. He uses his NLP practitioner skills to help both treat patients and train colleagues.
Dr Kate Little
MBChB, MRCP, MRCGP, PG Cert Primary Care, DRCOG DFFP
Kate is a Clinical Lead for the new NHS GP Health service. She covers southeast England, which includes Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
She graduated from Edinburgh University in 1995 and initially started training in hospital medicine. She soon realised that her passions and skill set were more aligned with general practice so made the switch in 2000, completing her GP training in Poole in 2002.
She joined a partnership in Brixton in 2005 where she worked for over 8 years as a GP trainer and clinical lead in women’s health and cardiovascular disease.
Since relocating in 2014, Kate has worked in a variety of GP roles: partner, salaried, OOH and freelance, and as a GP appraiser. She recently set up Physician Burnout UK, a resource for doctors that are feeling fed-up, stressed, anxious, depressed or burnt-out.
Her passion is supporting physical & emotional health in doctors and the wider community. She is currently involved in a number of projects around these areas, one of which includes working for Public Health England as a Clinical Champion for physical activity.
Dr Jane Marshall
Dr Jane Marshall is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Addictions at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). She trained at Trinity College Dublin, and did a medical rotation in Dublin before training in psychiatry at St Patrick’s Hospital in Dublin, and at Barts and the Maudsley in London. She has long experience of working with healthcare professionals with mental health and addiction problems and has also been a GMC Medical Supervisor and Examiner for many years. She has been the Royal College of Psychiatrists Health for Health Professionals lead and is a founding member of the College’s Psychiatrists’ Support Service.