Cumbria and the North East
Medical Appraisal & Revalidation
NHS England

Welcome to the Cumbria and North East Medical Appraisal and Revalidation website

Appraisal on hold until further notice/Revalidation on hold until September 2020 due to COVID-19

This is an extremely difficult time for all GPs working under unprecedented pressure. We wanted to share with you a list of  online resources that may help health care workers cope with some of the stress of the current work situation. It is important to realise it is ok not to be ok, this is an abnormal situation and most people are struggling with it. Please support each other and seek help via some of the available resources- the Red Whale document and podcast are particularly recommended.

If you are really struggling please let us know. Our appraisal lead and GP tutors are more than happy to make contact with you if needed to discuss your situation and signpost you to the appropriate support. We want to help and support you through this in any way we can.



Contact details

Red Whale

Useful article;[2]-EDITED.pdf

Useful podcast;


BMA wellbeing service


Confidential 24/7 counselling and peer support services open to all doctors and medical students on 0330 123 1245. There is always someone you can talk to.



Headspace is offering 3 months free months free to NHS staff. This is a mindfulness app and can help to improve stress and sleep To access fill in the form that can be found here:


Talk space


Free therapy for impacted health care workers . Because of the devastating mental health toll exacted by the spread of this virus, Talkspace is devoted to providing 1,000 free months of therapy for impacted doctors, nurses, and social workers. To access the much-needed benefit during this emergency, health care workers should register after downloading the app from the Google Play or Apple’s App Store or via the Talkspace website and provide a picture of your smart card or NHS ID ( they ask for NPI number which is American but accept picture as proof) Once certified for eligibility, these health care workers will be provided access to Talkspace’s Unlimited Messaging Plus plan.


A picture of your smart card or NHS ID will access this for you. It is a bit of a hassle getting started you link via the app with a matching agent, answer a few questions upload your ID they give you a link and Code which removes the cost (for at least a month) then choose the text only 1 month plan and enter details. Remember to cancel before you start paying unless you want to continue.



An online therapy service is to offer free 20-minute sessions aimed at vulnerable older people and others who are self-isolating or struggling, after therapists across the UK volunteered their help. They are happy to help NHS staff


This is workplace wellness platform Unmind has announced it will offer free access to its digital resources for all NHS staff in order to help them deal with the pressures and demand on their mental health during the crisis.  

If you haven't already, you can download the Unmind app on iOS or Android, and get access by entering your organisation's Unmind URL: nhs.

Help them help us


Are setting up therapists to give free therapy to NHS staff

On 24/03/2020 this is imminent. Go to their website and there is a apply for heroes help button.



Members of Medical Protection society can access 6 free sessions of counselling. Their counselling service is provided by our trusted partners ICAS, who offer a personalised and professional service tailored specifically to your requirements and delivered by experienced qualified counsellors. ICAS's telephone counselling provides immediate access to support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and face-to-face counselling sessions can be arranged near to you and at your convenience, all funded by Medical Protection. The service is entirely independent and confidential.

Call ICAS now on 0808 189 4385 or +44 3300 241 021 from overseas and quote your Medical Protection membership number to book a free session.

Practitioner Health

A free, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists across England with mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice. The service can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work. The service is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England

It will help GPs 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. ‚Äč


How to contact NHS Practitioner Health

To sign up, call 0300 0303 300 or email

The line is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm.

Text NHSPH to 85258 for the out-of-hours crisis text service.



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-       Gateshead and South Tyneside LMC Tel: 0191 414 8962 Email: Website:


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-       Northumberland LMC Tel: 07802 219208 Email: Website:


-       Lancashire and Cumbria LMC Tel: 01772 863806 Email: Website:


-       Sunderland LMC Tel: 0191 414 8962 Email: Website:


Durham and Darlington area: GP Choices


(counselling, peer & professional support, sessional GP support), Tel: 0191 333 3285, Email:


North of Tyne area: Northumberland Support Service


Tel: 0800 358 4858 Tees area: GP Health,  (general advice, mentoring, counselling, help with mental health issues, CBT)


If you require further information or would like to make a general enquiry please contact us.

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