2019 MCA Symposium - Alcohol and Addiction: Policies, Strategies and Competencies

Meet the Speakers

Prof  Nick SheronConsultant Hepatologist at UHS and Head of Hepatology at Southampton University

Prof Sheron runs the liver unit at Southampton General Hospital and is actively involved in a clinically based programme of research in various aspects of alcohol-related problems.  Together with Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians, he co-founded the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, an umbrella body bring together 27 different organisations including Royal Colleges, NGOs and charities with the aim of lobbying for evidence-based policies to reduce alcohol-related harm in the UK.  He is also a founder member of the European Union Alcohol Forum, a member of the European Union Alcohol Marketing Taskforce and two bodies of which have been set up by the European Commission in order to take forward the EU Alcohol Strategy. 

Prof Sheron is this year's Max Glatt lecturer.

Prof Julia SinclairMBBS MRCPsych MSc DPhil

Prof Sinclair is Professor of Addiction Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton; and leads the alcohol care team at University Hospital Southampton. Her clinical roles include developing an integrated alcohol strategy across local services, offering direct clinical care, and work with Regulatory Bodies including the GMC. She is Chair of the Addiction Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a Trustee of the Society for the Study of Addictions (SSA).

Professor Sinclair's primary research aim is to conduct clinically relevant research into the harms of alcohol use, specifically the impact on clinical outcomes in terms of prevention, engagement and response to treatment.

Professor Sir John Strang, MBBS, MD, FRCPsych, FRCP, FAChAM, FMedSci

Professor Sir John Strang is a medic and an academic and has an active interest in the contribution science can make to better public policy and practice. He is Director of the National  Addiction Centre (NAC) and Head of the Addictions Department at King’s College London. He leads the new theme investigating ‘Lifestyle Substance Use & Harms’ as part of the new Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Mental Health and has also been selected as an NIHR Senior Investigator. He co-Leads, with senior clinical and managerial colleagues, the Addictions Clinical Academic Group of Kings Health Partners AHSC (Academic Health Science Centre). Prof Strang has been an addictions psychiatrist for over 30 years, and has led the group at the Maudsley/Institute since 1995. He has published >400 scientific papers in the addiction field and has contributed to national and international policy, chairing policy informing committees and expert groups for Department of Health, NICE and Public Health England. He has worked with a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations and pharmaceutical companies to identify and study treatments potentially applicable in treatment of addictions and related problems (including new naloxone formulations). Prof Strang has been named in patent applications re new naloxone formulations, and the university has registered intellectual property on a novel buccal naloxone formulation. 

Dr Tony Rao,  Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist and Dual Diagnosis Lead for Older Adults South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Rao has worked as a community consultant old age psychiatrist for 21 years in an inner-city area with a high rate of alcohol misuse in older people. After completing an MSc in the clinical and public health aspects of addiction, he has led a Trust strategy for alcohol misuse in older people at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has been Visiting Professor at London South Bank University and is currently Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry. Dr Rao has developed an evidence base to develop training, research and clinical services for older people with substance misuse. 

Mr Adrian Jugdoyal, RGN, RMN, NMP, FHEA

Adrian currently works as a University Lecturer at University of West London and teaches both on the Adult and Mental Health Nursing curriculum, in the Post registration team as well as teaching addictions to nursing and psychology students. He has been involved in the recent NICE guidelines for ‘Alcoholic Hepatitis’, ‘Alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis and management of physical complications' and the RCEM ‘Alcohol Toolkit’.

Adrian is the current President of the International Nurses Society in Addictions (UK Chapter) (IntNSA), a member of education committee for the MCA and is heavily involved in UK and international projects.