Avon C.O.P.E. Scheme
Are you coping?
Do you need real help?
The COPE scheme is here to help
What is it?
Why COPE Scheme?
Don't worry - you are not alone.
The COPE Scheme will be able to help you by providing:
Remember, this scheme is for any GP working in the Avon LMC area, whether a full principal, assistant locum, deputy or registrar. The scheme has now been extended to include practice managers.
How can you obtain help?
Ring or email any of the following telephone numbers directly and speak to the therapist.
Remember to mention the "Avon COPE Scheme" and every effort will be made to put you through to the person involved straight away. If the therapist is not immediately available, leave a message with a telephone number for them to phone you back on as soon as possible.
Rachel Gunary Tel: 0117 3235041
Rachel is a consultant clinical psychologist working in a general medical setting. She has 30 years of experience in delivering psychological interventions, particularly for anxiety and depression in the context of ill health and trauma. She is qualified as a clinical supervisor and performance coach and works with a variety of health care professionals on a regular basis.
Frank is a cognitive psychotherapist, accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). He is also a fellow and accredited counselor for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He is particularly interested in cognitive therapy for anxiety, depression, stress and relationship difficulties. He has authored several books on cognitive therapy.
Sue Mealing Tel: 01454 610680
Sue is a qualified Relate counsellor, BACP member. She works with individuals and couples on relationship issues. She offers long and short term therapy for stress, anxiety, depression and bereavement.
Julia is a qualified progressive counsellor. Her approach helps GPs to focus on present challenges and she teaches simple, yet profound practices to help bring about a new perspective from which to tackle problems and stresses.
Dr Paul Aylard Tel: 0117 3171427
Paul is a consultant psychiatrist at Litfield house Medical Centre. He is also a psychotherapist who regularly sees medical colleagues offering assessment and treatment of their problems, using a combination of psychiatric and psycho-therapeutic techniques.
Dr Judy Malone Tel: 07906 479564
Judy formerly trained as a GP and then completed training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has worked as a psychotherapist both in the NHS and privately for the last 20 years. She has an interest in supporting doctors and facilitates a number of Balint groups. She offers short and longer term psychotherapy to individuals with a variety of difficulties including work stress and offers supervision to a range of psychotherapists and health care professionals.
Dr Anton Muller Tel: 07917753776
Anton is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in training (BPC). He is also a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS. He previously worked in Bristol for a number of years, and is currently employed in North Somerset.
Vyasa is an NHS psychiatrist with specialist knowledge of addiction and its related issues, common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety as well as experience in psychotherapy. He has an interest in management of family, work and relationship stresses using psychological strategies.
Sue Walker, Tel: 07831772074
I have worked as a GP for many years and feel I have an understanding of the challenges of front line work in General Practice . I now combine this with work as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in the NHS and private practice. I have a specialist interest in relationship and pyschosexual problems.
Is it confidential and independent?
Yes. Anyone using the service will remain anonymous. No central records will be kept. Individual therapists will keep confidential records.
How much will it cost to use?
The first three consultations with any psychologist, counsellor or psychiatrist will be free. After that, users will pay for themselves in a private capacity at a rate to be agreed by that individual therapist.
How will it be evaluated?
The users will be asked to answer a brief questionnaire about what they expected and how they have been helped.
The therapists will also be asked to keep an anonymous record of any consulatations indicating the age, sex of their client and the type of problems presented.
The co-ordinator will need this information in order to pay the therapists and to demonstrate the value of the scheme in order to try and secure future funding from Avon Local Medical Committee.
Other sources of help
GP SAFE HOUSE
This is a virtual safe house with 5 “rooms” where information and support can be found. Every aspect of this is fully confidential. The 5 areas are:
Occupational Health – including self-help resources
Burnout Recovery – self-assessment and solutions
Professional Relationships – common scenarios and solutions
Non-medical demands of work (e.g. Timekeeping) – scenarios and strategies
Careers advice – information and support.
In addition, if your need is for some personal advice and support, GP SAFE HOUSE gives details of, and easy on-line communication with, an Advocate from an Avon LMC-based team of experienced GPs. Strict confidentiality is the rule and the system is designed for this communication to be anonymous if you so wish. Due to this high level of confidentiality, you need your personal password to use GP Safe House. Please contact Avon LMC on 0117 9702755 for your password.
The BMA Stress Counselling Service for Doctors 24 hour service. Tel: 08459 200 169 (charged at local rates)