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

MCA Symposium, 13.11.19,British Medical Association, central London

On 13 November 2019, we held a symposium on 'Alcohol and Addiction: Policies, Strategies and Competencies' at the British Medical Association in central London.  For the 2019 programme please click here.

The MCA Symposium has grown over the last few years and is now one of the foremost conferences on alcohol and health harm. Its Annual Symposium attracts an ever larger audience of health professionals from all disciplines who value its very wide ranging approach to alcohol, from basic science to public health, whilst retaining a clinical focus.   

The 2019 Symposium programme looked at different aspects including the relationship between addiction and alcohol, educating medical students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, student mental health, training in addiction medicine and alcohol and the liver. 

The 2019 Max Glatt memorial lecture was given by Professor Nick Sheron. Professor Sheron has highlighted the inexorable rise of liver disease and has used his experience as a highly effective policy influencer to support minimum unit pricing.

The programme included a dedicated session for nursing colleagues, focusing on competencies, highly relevant given the expansion of Alcohol Care Teams in hospitals.  There was also an interactive session focussing on student health issuesdedicated 




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 the 2019 Max Glatt lecturer.


To view Professor Sheron's powerpoint presentation, please click here. To watch the lecture, click here.






Prof Julia SinclairProfessor of Addiction Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton


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.

To view Professor Sinclair's powerpoint presentation, please click here.






Professor Sir John StrangDirector of the National Addiction Centre (NAC) and Head of the Addictions Department at King’s College London


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. 

To view Professor Strang's powerpoint presentation, please click here.






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. 

To view Dr Rao's presentation, please click here.






Dr Iain SmithConsultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (Glasgow)


Dr. Smith has specialised in the field of addiction psychiatry as a Consultant for 27 years in West-Central Scotland and as well as maintaining a busy clinical practice, has been closely involved with training on alcohol-related topics for both medical students and postgraduate doctors and other health professionals, particularly in the context of psychiatric training. Over the last sixteen years he has become involved in a medical lobby group within Scotland-Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)-which is government funded and has found an important role in combating the until recently rising tide of alcohol-related harm.He has acted as a research coordinator for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Addiction Services and for the Advanced Psychiatric Training Scheme in the West of Scotland and remains research active.He is also active in the field of alcohol and drug history helping to organise a conference in this field in Shanghai in 2019. He has helped in redrafting the section on alcohol and drugs for the RCPsych report on Mental Health in Students in Higher Education on which this talk is based.


Dr Joy Watson, Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist Belfast Health and Social Care Trust


Dr Watson is a Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist in the Belfast Trust. She has been heavily involved in service development for alcohol related brain damage services in Northern Ireland, was a contributor to the UK ARBD report CR 185 and co-author of RCPsych Report CR 212. Both of which highlight the need for UK ARBD services. She is also the co-author of RCPsych ARBD CPD module.

She is the MCA representative in Northern Ireland and has developed access to Queens University medical students since taking on the role. Part of this involves lecturing students around their own alcohol use and signposting students to support services. Recent developments in Northern Ireland have led to funding for specific Student Mental Health services.


Mr Adrian Jugdoyal, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University


Adrian currently teaches across the Adult and Mental Health Nursing curriculum, in the post-registration team as well as teaching addictions to nurse 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’.  He used to work for CQC for site inspections as well as an APN in ED, Acute Medicine, Hepatology and Addictions. 

Adrian is the current President of the International Nurses Society in Addictions (UK Chapter) (IntNSA), a member of the MCA's Education Committee, a full committee member of British Liver Nurses Association (BLNA) and Advanced Member of The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP). He is a member of the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australia (DANA), British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL),  British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and the Society of Acute Medicine. Adrian is heavily involved in projects in the UK and around the world, working towards widening the awareness of SUD to none specialist practitioners and breaking down silos.



Ms Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is a 3rd Year Nursing Student at the University of West London.

Rachel’s interest is in understanding how alcohol affects vulnerable populations within society and the part alcohol plays within physical and mental h




Mark Holmes, Head of Innovation, HumanKind


Mark Holmes is an Assistant Director and Head of Innovation at HumanKind. He has been a mental health nurse for over 25 years. In his career he has developed services in community treatment, hospital alcohol liaison, Brief Treatment, alcohol related long term conditions and end of life care. Mark was being twice awarded Nursing Times Awards; The Mental Health Nurse of the Year in 2012 and LTC Team of the year 2016. He has co-authored publications including the Blue Light Project. He has been a member of expert panels including at the WHO and currently sits on PHE expert group for alcohol treatment


Prof Carmel ClancyProfessor and Head of Department, Mental Health and Social Work, School of Health and Education, Middlesex University

Carmel Clancy earned her doctorate from St Georges Medical School, University of London, UK, and is currently registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) as a mental health and adult nurse.   Dr Clancy has over 25 years’ experience in delivering nursing education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including curriculum development, specifically in the area of addiction; and was the course developer of the first Masters in co-morbidity (dual diagnosis) in Europe. Dr Clancy is currently President-Elect (2018-2020) of the International Nurses Society on Addiction (www.intnsa.org).  She has written extensively in this area and in 2017 co-chaired a Public Health England working group on the nurses’ role in the treatment and recovery addiction pathways (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/role-of-nurses-in-alcohol-and-drug-treatment-services). Dr Clancy has also served as a Member of the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)(2002 -2011) – a Standing Committee which advises the UK Government on drug issues and policies.  In 2015 in recognition of her contribution to addiction practice, Dr Clancy was awarded a Fellowship by Distinction and entered onto the membership register for the UK Faculty of Public Health.  Dr Clancy has provided training to addiction professionals throughout the world and is a member of The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP) and holds credentials ICAP-III from the Colombo Plan-ICCE. Dr Clancy is currently Professor and Head of Department within the Department of Mental Health and Social Work, at Middlesex University, London, UK. 


Tracy Lumb, National Union of Students 


Tracy Lumb is the Senior Alcohol Impact Manager for NUS (National Union of Students).
Alcohol Impact is our whole-university programme designed to foster responsible drinking cultures for students. It is a strategic framework for partnership working between students’ unions and institutions. The programme adopts social change theory; aiming to reduce harm and improve welfare, well-being and academic achievement – whilst creating more inclusive spaces and enhancing the student experience. Before working for NUS, Tracy worked for 6 years in community drug and alcohol services coordinating the care for adults affected by drugs or alcohol.




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