This jointly LMC and CCG funded service supports Somerset GPs, Practice Managers and Nurses who are experiencing challenges in their professional life.

What is available here?

For GPs, Practice Managers and Practice Nurses;
The following web pages provide information and access to the local group of Advocates. Advocates are experienced practitioners from the LMC and the CCG, and you can see their profiles and contact details. You can then decide if you wish to contact someone, and if so whom. Contact can be anonymous if you wish.

Confidentiality & Anonymity.

This service is provided with a complete awareness of the need for 100% confidentiality*, so it is password protected. We take this issue very seriously so in the following web-pages there is the facility to exchange written messages with an Advocate anonymously. Unless you mention your name, the Advocate cannot identify you.

We feel this is vital because of the great sensitivity of some of the challenges that GPs experience.

For Advocates;
The pages allow you to see and respond to requests for help.

Please enter your password below; remember that all the letters in your password are in uppercase

To secure the log in, cookies are required, they will be used for this site only, will be shared with no other site and will be removed on log out.

* Clearly [and inevitably] there is a 'Shipman clause', where if something were clearly a risk to patient safety it would be mandatory for this to be shared with a member of the Patient Safety Committee. In this exceptionally rare situation such action would always be disclosed to the practitioner concerned.

Change Password

No password? GPs & GDPs working in Somerset were sent a password in late 2010. If you are new to the area, or have lost your password, please email the GP password guardian at Somerset LMC: jill.hellens@nhs.net

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  • Credits
  • Original idea: Roger Crabtree
  • Research and Text: Lynn Collins
  • Website Design: Anne Hicks
  • Website Construction and Maintenance: Careers Systems