Whether you are struggling with addiction or looking for legal advice, there is someone out there to offer you support. Here is a list of some of the organisations, services and websites which we feel are appropriate to signpost to so you know who to turn to when you need help. If you are an NHS dentist, looking for local support, you may wish to speak to someone at your Local Dental Committee.
Alcohol – NHS web page linking to alcohol support services (non-medic specific).
British Doctors and Dentists Group – A service for recovering alcoholic and drug dependent doctors, dentists and students.
Drugs – NHS web page linking to drug support services (non-medic specific).
Gambling – NHS web page linking to gambling support services (non-medic specific).
Sick Doctors Trust – Support and help for doctors, dentists and medical students who are concerned about their use of alcohol and other drugs.
Dealing with grief and loss – A useful NHS guide to coping with grief and loss (non-medic specific).
Counselling and mental health support
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – Search for counsellors and psychotherapists in your area (non-medic specific).
Confidental – freephone 0333 987 5158, 24 hours a day – A helpline offering emotional support for dentists from fellow dentists.
Dentists’ Health Support Trust – 0207 224 4671 – Provides dental professionals with free support and advice on mental health, alcohol and drug issues, and reports an 80% success rate in helping dentists overcome their problems and ‘get their lives back on track’.
Health for Health Professionals Wales – A free, confidential service now available to all Health Professionals and Healthcare Students working in NHS Wales.
Inspire (Northern Ireland) – a charity and social enterprise working with people living with mental ill-health, intellectual disability, autism and addictions to ensure they live with dignity and realise their full potential.
NHS Practitioner Health Programme – A free, confidential service for doctors and dentists in England who have mental or physical health concerns and or addiction problems, in particular where this may be affecting work.
NHS psychological therapies (IAPT services)– Free psychological therapies, including counselling, on the NHS. Search for services in your area and refer yourself directly (non-medic specific).
Samaritans– Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide (non-medic specific).
Disability information and support services – NHS – Find disability information and support services near you (non-medic specific).
GLADD– Association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists. Offers help/support/advice or simply the opportunity to make social contact with other lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender doctors and dentists.
BDA Benevolent Fund – the charity supporting dental students, dentists and their dependents in financial need.
Money Advice Service – free and impartial money advice over the phone and online including tools, advice, guides and calculators to help you improve your finances.
StepChange – free, impartial debt advice
Turn2us – a free benefits calculator and grants search to check what you may be able to claim and apply for
British Dental Association (BDA) – advice and support for BDA members
British Medical Association (BMA) – advice and support for those working in hospitals
Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (for MDDUS members only) – Supports members with complaints made by patients against them or who are facing disciplinary matters from their employing trust. A highly qualified team of medical and dental professionals gives advice and guidance.
Dental Protection (part of the Medical Protection Society – for members only) – Provides comprehensive professional indemnity and expert advice to doctors, dentists and health professionals around the world.
Health Education England – Professional support resources, usually coordinated through a Professional Support Unit (PSU) or Professional support and Wellbeing Unit (PSWU) covering all HEE regions.
Medical and Dental Training Agency (Northern Ireland) – postgraduate support for doctors and dentists in training.
NHS People guides – Short 10-20 minute guides to improve your wellbeing and experience of work.
Second victim support – Information, guidance and signposting to help with the impact of patient safety incidents.
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