Dr Martin Johnson (Chair)
For many years, after devoting much of my time to Primary Care Research (as a GP for 30 years), I developed a specific interest in the management of chronic pain. I have written several articles regarding pain management, particularly focusing on neuropathic pain, the use of opioids and the organisation of pain services in the community. I am the Vice President to the British Pain Society. I am also RCGP lead for chronic pain, Co-Chair of Chronic Pain Policy Coalition & Chair of Opioid Painkiller Dependence Alliance. Through these roles role I am trying to raise awareness of chronic pain and develop initiatives that will both enhance it’s management and also make it safer, especially with regard to opioid treatment.
Dr Jane Quinlan
I have been a consultant in anaesthetics and pain management in Oxford since 2000. I am Trust lead for Pain at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Oxford. I am secretary of the Acute Pain Special Interest Group (APSIG) for the International Association for the Study of Pain and a past chair of APSIG of the British Pain Society. I am on the editorial board of the British Journal of Pain and am a core member of the Opioid Painkiller Dependence Alliance. I have a particular interest in opioid painkiller dependence. I established a clinic to support local pain patients on high dose opioids to reduce their doses, and I lecture on the topic nationally.
Cathryn was addicted to opiate painkillers for four years before she went into rehab and conquered her addiction. She went onto write her story titled, From wreckage to redemption which won the 2013 Big Red Read Award for non-fiction and which has since been reissued as Coming clean: diary of a painkiller addict (Piatkus 2017) She is now the Chief Executive of the Painkiller Addiction Information Network
With over 40 years of experience working in the public and voluntary sector, Vivienne Evans OBE has a wealth of knowledge around substance misuse, prevention and education. As the Chief Executive of Adfam since 2002, a national charity who works with families affected by substance misuse, Viv has helped to unpick the stigma around addiction to cultivate constructive dialogue that connects with those most affected. Her experience has fed into the emergence of drug-prevention initiatives in other European, Asian and Caribbean countries when she was a consultant on the United Nations Drugs Control Programme. Viv was also a longstanding member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (AMCD) chairing the working group on the implementation of the Hidden Harms report, which examined how to minimise the harms of drug misuse on vulnerable children. She is a current member of the ACMD’s Recovery Substance Misuse Committee and The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP)
I am the Specialist Pharmacist in Substance Misuse (SPiSM) in NHS Lanarkshire.I started in community pharmacy after qualifying from RGIT, Aberdeen. I became a specialist addictions pharmacist in 2005 in NHSGGC before moving to Lanarkshire. I am a qualified and practising Pharmacist Independent Prescriber; a member of the Scottish Specialist Pharmacists in Substance Misuse group; an Honorary Lecturer at Strathclyde University and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Caledonia University and the finance officer for the Opioid Painkiller Dependence Alliance (OPDA). I have also published a number of articles on various addiction related topics.
Dr Yasir Abbasi
Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director for Addictions Services at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. In 2013 he was awarded the doctor of the year award by Yorkshire Evening Post. He has appeared on radio and television programmes and also writes for newspapers to increase awareness about various mental health issues. He has had many publications in peer reviewed journals and newsletters. He is currently the chair for the North British Association for Addiction Professionals and a founding trustee of PAIN (Pain Killer Addiction Information Network) charity. He is the regional specialty representative for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Dr Steve Brinksman
Dr Steve Brinksman has been a GP in Birmingham for 25 years working alongside drug and alcohol users since the start of his career. He is the clinical lead for the Substance Misuse Management Good Practice support network (SMMGP) and the Medical Director for Swanswell, a charity providing substance misuse services. He is also DDN magazine’s regular ‘Post-its from Practice’ columnist. He was also the DAAT’s alcohol lead for primary care and has been the RCGP’s regional lead in substance misuse for the West Midlands.
Elsa heads the OPDA Secretariat She has worked in the drug and alcohol sector since 2001 when she worked in a NHS injectable drug service. She has also worked for the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (Quality Directorate). Since 2009 she has worked for SMMGP (Substance Misuse Management Good Practice) as Operational Lead.
Harry Shapiro is Director of DrugWise – an online drug information service and Managing Editor of DS Daily - the daily online drug, alcohol and tobacco news service. He has worked in the drugs field for over 35 years, first with the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence and then from 2000 with DrugScope where he was Director of Communications until the charity folded in 2015. He was DrugScope’s main media spokesperson, managing editor of Druglink magazine and has written extensively on all aspects of drugs and drug-related issues combining this with lecturing, public speaking and advisory work He is also a member of Public Health England National Drug Intelligence Network, the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Drug Dependence and the Opiate Painkiller Dependency Alliance.