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New help for dentists and doctors with addictions

Fresh help is at hand for doctors and dentists who have an addiction or other health problems.

The practitioner health programme, initiated by the National Clinical Assessment Service, part of the NHS, will offer confidential support and treatment to practitioners with alcohol, drug or mental health issues.

Dr Clare Gerada, Vice-President of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), is to lead the new support programme for impaired doctors and dentists, to be launched in London.

Doctors and dentists are often reluctant to seek help because they fear they may be recognised – or worry about putting their career in jeopardy.

But the launch of this specialist service may help push them to seek the treatment they need.

The government-funded project expects to see 500 cases a year and addiction to drink or drugs is expected to be a common concern.

Dr Gerada, founder of the RCGP substance misuse unit, works for the Hurley group of five GP practices in South London that has won the contract to deliver the new service.

‘Doctors and dentists are sometimes unwilling or unable to access local health services. This service will help them resolve the issues they may have,' said Dr Gerada.

'We will seek to work with patients at the first opportunity, offer them a supportive environment and provide solutions that will enable them to continue to practise, or return to work safely,' she said.

The website's – www.php.nhs.uk – welcome message to dentists and doctors reads: ‘The Practitioner Health Programme is a free, confidential service for doctors and dentists who have mental or physical health concerns and/or addiction problems and who live or work in the London area. Any medical or dental practitioner can use the service, where they have: a mental health or addiction concern (at any level of severity) and/or a physical health concern (where that concern may impact on the practitioner's performance).'

For confidential advice and an appointment please telephone 0203 049 4505 or email php.help@nhs.net

 Posted on : Tue 18th - Nov - 2008

 

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