Who we are

DocHealth is a joint initiative between the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) and the British Medical Association (BMA).

Our support is always provided by Consultant Medical Psychotherapists, who have the collective experience of treating more than 2000 doctors over the last 20 years.

Meet the team...

Dr Tony Garelick MB FRCP FRCPsych

Dr Tony Garelick is Clinical Director of DocHealth. He was formerly Associate Dean at MedNet, London Deanery and Co-Director of the former MedNet service (closed 2015) , which was a confidential clinical service for doctors in difficulty. Dr Garelick is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He has written various papers on psychotherapy and on the MedNet clinical service and its clinical impact.

Dr Sue Stuart-Smith MA MBBS MRCPsych PhD

Dr Sue Stuart-Smith is Clinical Deputy Director of DocHealth. She is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and has worked previously in the NHS in Hertfordshire, where she was the Lead Clinician for Adult Psychotherapy until 2015. She is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Julia Bland MA MBBS MRCPsych

Dr Julia Bland was formerly Co-Director of the MedNet service and is an honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She also belongs to the Queen Anne Street Psychotherapy Practice and is a practising Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and family and couples therapist.

Dr Maria Eyres MRCPsych

Dr Maria Eyres works part time as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Medical Psychotherapy at East London Foundation Trust where she is a psychotherapy tutor. She was a member of the MedNet team from 2010 until 2013. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and uses MBT, DBT and coaching skills in her practice.  She is an academic secretary and a member of the Executive at the Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy and has a small private practice.

Dr Patricia Hughes MD MSC FRCPsych

Dr Patricia Hughes was Professor of Psychiatry and Education at St George’s Hospital and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at South West London & St George’s NHS Trust. She is trained as a psychoanalyst and group analyst.

Dr Kingsley Norton MA(Cantab) MD FRCPsych

Dr Kingsley Norton has been an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Clinical Director of Henderson Hospital and Head of Ealing Psychotherapy Service, West London. His involvement in medical training includes being Regional MRCPsych Course Organiser and Sub-Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has published research on treatment outcomes and co-authored books for doctors with respect to treating patients with complex needs.

Chris Loizou

Chris Loizou is the Administrator for DocHealth. She handles all referrals to the service.

Articles by the DocHealth team

  1. Garelick AI, Gross SR, Richardson I, von der Tann M, Bland J, Hale R.  Which doctors and with what problems contact a specialist service for doctors? A cross sectional investigation.  BMC Medicine 2007: 5:26 doi:10.1186/1741-7015-5-26
  2. Meerten M, Bland J, Gross SR, Garelick AI.  Doctors’ experience of a bespoke physician consultation service.  The Psychiatrist 2011: 35:206-212
  3. Meerten M, Rost F, Bland J and Garelick AI.  Self-referrals to a doctors’ mental health service over 10 years.  Occupational Medicine (Lond). 2014 Apr; 64(3):172-6. doi:10.1093/occmed/kqt177. Epub 2014
  4. Garelick AI.  Doctors' health: stigma and the professional discomfort in seeking help.  The Psychiatrist Online 2012: 36:81-84
  5. Davies, Sally Ruth; Meerton, Maja; Rost, Felicitas; Garelick, Antony. A sea change for sick doctors - how do doctors fare after presenting to a Speciality Psychotherapy Service . Journal of Mental Health 2016 Jan.