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Our history

After a warning to the BDA from Dr. J.J. Mee MBE, a recovering alcoholic, that there was an addiction problem within the profession, but that help could be made available.  The outcome in 1986 was the introduction of the Health Support Programme (initially The Sick Dentist Scheme). This was based on an American model where addicts with years of sobriety are involved. Funding quickly became a problem; to tackle this, the Health Support Trust was created in 1991.

Management of the Programme fluctuated between the BDA and the Trust until 2008, when the Trust took over. Until 2008 there was one coordinator, since then two; a psychiatric nurse and a recovering alcoholic with many years of sobriety.

Tony Chivers

Detail about the programme

The DHSP can be accessed by telephone (0207 224 4671); or by email ( The programme is live from 07.30am to 10.30pm daily. Over night enquiries are dealt with by 9am the following morning, including weekends.
If you would like to become a supporter of the DHST and the excellent work it provides for dental professionals, please contact:

Donations can be made directly to the Dentists Health Support trust through BTMyDonate.


We welcome any support towards to The Dentists' Health Support Trust cause. Donations can be made directly to us through the BTMyDonate button below.



We have a number of useful resources to help with advice on alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and other mental health issues.

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