The SDT is not responsible for the contents of any of the websites listed.
However, we have found these sites interesting and useful:
Practitioner Health Service Tel: 0300 0303 300
The Practitioner Health Programme has, since it’s inception in 2008, become the backbone of mental illness and/or addiction services for doctors and dentists, initially restricted to England, but since 2021, doctors and dentists in Scotland are now eligible for help. The service is confidential and funded by the NHS. The links on the website will take you through the registration process and application for an appointment.
Additional support is provided where appropriate, for bereavement, dealing with complaints and the recent addition of a Trainee Doctors & Dentist Support Service.
- British Doctors and Dentists Group (BDDG) Tel: 07850125119
- The British Doctors' and Dentists' Group is a mutual help group for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction to or dependency on alcohol or other drugs. To find your nearest group & establish contact 07850125119 or email email@example.com. The GMC willoften request evidence of attendacne at group meetings.
- The British Doctors and Dentists Families Group
- A self-help organisation which exists independently but in co-operation with the British Doctors and Dentists Group (BDDG). Our aim is to support all family members who are suffering, or have suffered, from the effects of a doctor's or dentist's addiction.
- Narcotics Anonymous
0300 999 1212 Helpline from 10am - midnight. NA is a fellowship for those with problems surrounding use of any drug or mind-altering substance (not purely narcotics/opiates as the name may suggest). The website contains helpful advice and checklists such as
'Am I an addict?'
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- A 12-Step Fellowship for those suffering from problem drinking & its effects. Members share their experience, strength and hope in order to help others to recover from alcoholism. Is AA for You? has lists of symptoms and signs which are helpful to see the extent of your own problem & links to other information for newcomers.
- Cocaine Anonymous 0300 111 2285 (mobile friendly) or 0800 612 0225 10am - 10pm Every Day
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A 12-Step Fellowship welcoming anyone who wants to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances (including alcohol and other drugs). There are many useful downloads on the website including Who is a Cocaine Addict?
BMA Wellbeing Support Services, Counselling & Peer Support
Phone 0330 123 1245, to access counselling by professional counsellors or Peer Support, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. Services are confidential, free and available to all doctors and medical students. Consultations may be by phone or video link. Further information available by phoning 020 7383 6739 or email email@example.com
International Doctors in AA
- An organisation of over 6000 physicians, dentists, vets and other doctoral level healthcare professionals who have found recovery from addiction.
- Medical Council on Alcohol
- A body of doctors and others with a professional interest in alcohol and alcoholism which aims to promote understanding of alcoholism, its treatment and prevention.
- Doctors' Support Network (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A warm, friendly self-help group for doctors who have been troubled ... it seeks to reduce the isolation and stigma of mental health problems. Doctors in the group have themselves been troubled at some stage in their lives, and help is offered to those who are beginning the process of re-establishing themselves after a breakdown or other mental crisis.
- Is a branch of the Royal Medical Benevolent Society offering widespread variety of support for doctors including financial support.
- The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
- Provide financial support, money advice and information when needed due to age, ill health, disability or bereavement.
- The Royal Medical Foundation
- Exists to support medical practitioners and/or their dependents who find themselves in financial hardship. email@example.com or call 01372 821010
- The Cameron Fund
- This is the only medical benevolent charity which solely supports general practitioners and their dependents, whether financial problems are due to ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment. This includes both those who are already suffering from financial hardship and those who are facing it.
- BMA Charities Fund Tel: 020 7383 6142, Mon to Fri, 09:00-17:00
- The BMA Charities Trust Fund helps by giving grants to other charities which support doctors. They also help refugee and asylum seeking doctors with taking the PLAB exams. The BMA Medical Education Trust Fund gives grants to students taking medicine as a second degree, and the Dain Fund helps with the educational costs of the children of medical doctors in certain situations