This is an open invitation to all GPs in the UK
The Improving Access to GP Support Research Study is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded qualitative study aiming to explore what helps and hinders General Practitioners (GPs) when they seek help and support for mental health problems and/or stress and burnout. With the continually increasing pressure on General Practice and many GPs retiring early this is a very timely study. Taking part in this research will enable us to understand the barriers and facilitators to help-seeking, and to identify solutions, so that current and future GPs can access suitable care and support when necessary.
In-depth interviews will be undertaken, lasting approximately an hour, which can take place at your home or work, or over the phone. Your participation is confidential and all identifying information will be changed. You will be paid £80 per hour to cover your time.
This study is being conducted by researchers at Bristol University, Keele University and UCL.
We want to interview GPs who are currently:
1. Working despite having mental health issues (and who may or may not have sought help)
2. Returned to work following time off related to mental health issues
3. On sick leave or retired early due to mental health issues
4. Living with no mental health issues, but have opinions about how GPs might seek help if they do.
For more information please contact the Research Associate for the project, Dr Johanna Spiers, on or firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more or take part in the study, please visit