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Letter to FDAP Members from SMMGP

(Posted 03 Feb 2017)
Welcome to FDAP members

SMMGP is a long-standing training, education and support network in the drugs and alcohol field. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of practice in drug and alcohol treatment and act as the voice of our membership on education, training, research and clinical standards.

SMMGP started out over 20 years ago when general practice became more involved in drug treatment. Over time, with changes in the drug and alcohol treatment field, the people in our 6000-strong network now include GPs, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, drug and alcohol workers, nurses, pharmacists and people who are in treatment.

SMMGP will take over the membership and accreditation function of FDAP from the 1st February. Our aim is for there to be as little disruption as possible for FDAP members during this period of transition. This means:

Please note that SMMGP (trading as Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners) will not be responsible for issues, or complaints against a Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals member or Affiliate Member, or any FDAP business prior to the 1st February 2017.

We look forward to including FDAP members in our exciting plans this year to provide online continuing professional development (CPD). We will support continuing professional development by providing regular web-based learning including webinars and podcasts covering up-to-date psychosocial, clinical and policy issues.

All that remains now is to introduce you to the SMMGP management team:

Dr Steve Brinksman, our Clinical Lead, is a GP in Birmingham, Kate Halliday, Programme Lead, PGCE (FEHE) DipSW Social Work, Masters in Social Work. Elsa Browne has provided Operational Support since 2009.

SMMGP Board Trustees include Andre Geel, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (C.Psychol, CSci, AFBPsS); April Wareham, Independent Consultant/Trainer and Expert by Experience; Jim Barnard, Regional Drug Service Manager, Dip SW. We will be appointing new members to the SMMGP Board with experience to support the FDAP work.

Please ask if you have any questions, please write to us on

Dr Steve Brinksman
GP and Clinical Lead

1st February 2017

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FDAP members' interests and accreditation safe with SMMGP

(Posted 26 Jan 2017)
It's business as usual for FDAP members, the organisation's outgoing chief executive has confirmed. In a statement on 19 January that the professional body for substance misuse workers would close at the end of the month (see, FDAP's board transferred all member services to SMMGP.

In the days following the announcement, Carole Sharma has been reiterating this position and today issued the following statement to reassure members:

"To ensure there is no confusion about the closure of FDAP I wish to state clearly that all membership services are being transferred to SMMGP. This includes all types of accreditation and re-accreditation for individuals, service providers and educational institutions."

"SMMGP will be writing to members soon and we are all working hard to ensure the handover is as smooth as possible."

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FDAP accreditation function transfers to SMMGP

(Posted 20 Jan 2017)
We are sorry that our colleagues in FDAP have had to make the difficult decision to close down, but we are excited that we are in a favourable position to continue their good work.

We look forward to building on our own long history of supporting good practice in drug and alcohol treatment.