The Practitioner Health Matters Programme (PHMP) was launched in September 2015. It is a strictly confidential service which provides support and medical care for practitioners in Ireland who may be going through a difficult time with stress, burnout, mental health difficulties or who may have an alcohol or drug misuse problem. Doctors, Dentists and Pharmacists can find it difficult to declare they have a problem and often delay in seeking help. This can result in problems being more severe and more entrenched at time of presentation. Because PHMP is as programme designated specifically for health professionals, we can focus solely on what strategies are necessary to support the practitioner in getting back to full health and getting back to safe working again.
The PHMP is a not-for-profit charitable company. It is entirely independent and is separate from professional regulatory bodies such as the Medical and Dental Councils and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. The PHMP has a Memorandum of Understanding with each of the three regulatory bodies and is endorsed by them. However we do not have a reporting relationship with any of the regulators and the practitioners needs will be dealt with in strict confidence. The programme has been supported and recognised by the individual representative organisations and the professional training bodies, as well as the HSE.
The PHMP is set up as a company limited by guarantee. The Board of Driectors are Mr Hugh Kane (Chairperson), Mr Fintan Hourihan (Hon Secretary), Dr Kieran Doran, Ms Frances Nangle-Connor (Hon Financial Controller) and Dr. David Thomas. Our Directors have a wealth of experience in the healthcare field and bring a range of operational experience to the Programme. The Directors do not receive any remuneration for their work on the board.
Clinical governance is provided though a Clinical Advisory Group.