The Health and Social Care Board has recently introduced an employee assistance programme for GDS Contracted Dentists across Northern Ireland. Launched on 1 October 2019, the service has been developed in partnership with Inspire Workplaces.
The General Dental Services Assistance Programme (GDASP) provides free, independent and immediate support for GDS Contracted Dentists, dealing sensitively with personal and professional issues that may impact on home or work life.
Privacy and confidentiality are guaranteed in the provision of unlimited access to 24 hour telephone counselling and face to face counselling.
Face to face counselling can be arranged in suites located in all major towns throughout Northern Ireland.
Access to counselling services is complemented by the Inspire Support Hub which widens the support available to GDS Contracted Dentists. The Support Hub gives instant access to a range of information, guidance and intervention tools tailored specifically to help care for individual well being needs.
GDS Contracted Dentists wishing to avail of the assistance programme can call free and confidentially on 0800 389 5362.