Support for dentists

Organisations dentists may contact for help and support

Local Dental Committees (LDCs)
Professional organisations supporting and informing Dental Professionals.

The British Doctors’ and Dentists’ Group

This is a mutual support society for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction to or dependency on alcohol or other drugs. It provides venues to meet for confidential, mutual support and encouragement.

Tel: 07825 107970

Website: www.bddg.org

Dentists’ Health Support Programme

Providing dental professionals with free advice and support on alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and other health issues.

Tel: 020 7224 4671

Website: http://www.dentistshealthsupporttrust.org/

Email: dentistsprogramme@gmail.com

HEKSS – Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex (formerly The Deanery)

“To enhance the quality of healthcare, by continually improving the management and provision of supportive, quality assured, education and development of doctors and dentists and, where appropriate, the wider workforce.”

Tel: 020 7415 3400 or (01444) 448656

Website: www.kssdeanery.ac.uk/people/dental

MedNet at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust

MedNet provides doctors and dentists who are working within the London and HEKSS areas with practical advice about their career, emotional support should they need it, and if appropriate, access to brief or longer term psychotherapy. It operates on the basis of strict confidentiality.

Tel: 020 8938 2411

Website: www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/care-and-treatment

NHS Practitioner Health Programme

The Practitioner Health Programme (PHP) is a confidential, NHS treatment service for doctors, dentists who are unable to access confidential care through mainstream NHS routes due to the nature of their role and/or health condition. PHP is a free confidential service for doctors and dentists who have mental and/or physical health concerns and/or addiction problems and who live in the London area. There is provision for referrals outside London.

Tel: 020 3049 4505

Website: www.php.nhs.uk

Alcoholics Anonymous UK

Tel: 0800 917 7650

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Narcotics Anonymous UK

Helpline Tel: 0300 999 1212 – 10am to midnight

Website: www.ukna.org

Samaritans

The Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day 365 days a year, for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Tel: 116 123 (FREEPHONE for callers in UK mainland and Republic of Ireland)

Website: www.samaritans.org

Email: jo@samaritans.org (for emotional support)