Information for medical and healthcare professionals
The following is a list of contacts which all healthcare professionals may find to be useful. They cover those organisations who provide welfare or financial assistance either to healthcare professionals only or to the public as a whole.
You can also find, on a separate page, a list of Deaneries who are responsible for the management and delivery of postgraduate medical education and for the continuing professional development of all doctors and dentists.
Alcoholics Anonymous say of themeslves that they are a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership – they are self-supporting through contributions. They are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution and their primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
BMA Charities Trust Fund
The BMA Charities Trust Fund can provide grants to doctors and their dependents in times of crisis.
Typically, the fund offers financial help to:
• working doctors, to pay General Medical Council (GMC) registration fees and medical defence insurance.
• doctors who are not working and facing debt. The fund can also refer doctors worried about debt to a licensed debt counsellor for free advice.
• refugee and asylum-seeking doctors, with taking the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) exams.
medical students taking medicine as a second degree, who do not have access to the NHS Bursary Scheme.
The fund also gives grants to other charities that support doctors.
Telephone: 020 7383 6142
BMA Counselling Service
BMA Counselling is staffed by professional telephone counsellors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are all members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and are bound by strict codes of confidentiality and ethical practice.
Doctors can get ongoing counselling and can arrange regular appointments. There is no restriction on the number of calls they can make and, having spoken to a counsellor, they can ask to speak to that person again.
Telephone: 08459 200 169 (calls charged at local rates)
British Doctors and Dentists Group
The British Doctors’ and Dentists’ Group, formed in 1973, 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.
Membership is restricted to qualified medical and dental practitioners, and medical and dental students at the discretion of local secretaries, and normal medical ethics regarding confidentiality apply strictly within the group.
BDDG National Secretary:
Tel: 0779 2819 966
The Cameron Fund can provide help and assistance to GPs and/or their dependents by providing one-off grants/loans, regular ongoing support and student awards for children of beneficiaries.
Tel: 020 7388 0796
Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education
The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is a not-for-profit organisation, offering continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. Based at the University of Manchester, it is part of the Workforce Academy within the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. It is funded by the Department of Health to provide CPD opportunities to all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians providing NHS services in England.
Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education
1st floor, Stopford Building,
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road, Manchester
CET Queries for Opticians
Cetoptics is the dedicated website for registrants to manage their CET portfolio and maintain a record of their completed CET points. The website is run by Vantage Technologies, who administer the CET Scheme on behalf of the GOC.
Vantage Technologies Ltd
Rother Valley Way
Tel: 0114 247 9500 or 0870 749 4650
Consumer Credit Counselling Service
This service offer an immediate assessment of your situation is given along with self-help material and the offer of a counselling interview which consists of a full review of the credit and debit situation.
Doctors.net.uk is the largest and most active network of GMC authenticated doctors in the UK. It is a trusted channel for information, communication and education and is used by more than 40,000 doctors every day. It offers assistance to GMC registered doctors by providing support through their online discussion forum. They also provide access to online educational material that can assist with CPD.