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 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.

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. 

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. 

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 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. 

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

Iain ArmstrongAlcohol Programme Manager, Public Health England

Iain has been PHE national lead on alcohol specialist services in secondary care since 2013, previously having been alcohol lead for the South of England at the National Treatment Agency. He has almost 25 years’ experience in the alcohol field, including 9 years as workforce and organisational development lead at Alcohol Concern. He has possibly the broadest understanding of the state of hospital alcohol services in England. (hope this isn’t too self-aggrandising)

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. 

Eva Crossan Jory, National Union of Students