The Doctor's Support Group is a sub-group of the Society of Clinical Psychiatrists.
Almost half a century ago, at a time of great change, the Society was founded by a small group of psychiatrists led by Dr. R. Crockett and Dr. J. Hutchinson with the aim of promoting the interest and practice of clinical psychiatrists and supporting the introduction of humane, modern and innovative approaches to the treatment and care of patients.
With far greater changes looming we feel that the Society is well placed to contribute to the progression of medical practice in general and psychiatry in particular.
SCP and the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Under the Chairmanship of Dr. John Howells, the Society was instrumental in the creation of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1971. The Society continues to support the College's role and activities. We see our role as complementary to that of the College.
The Society, as an independent group, is able to highlight issues of concern to the profession and to campaign on matters which fall outside the remit of formal bodies such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The suspended doctors working group is one example.
From the BMJ 1998, 317:605