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Workforce Development: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

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START DATE 29 April 2016
START TIME 09:30am

C114, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW44BT

END DATE 29 April 2016
END TIME 04:00pm

The Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC) presents its annual conference.

'Where we have been, where we are, and where we are going'

Keynote speaker: Professor Ann Roche, Director National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Australia.

The conference will address issues such as the increasing professionalisation of the workforce in the substance use field; what is meant by work force development (eg. capacity, capability, skills); the need to consider the individual worker, the organisation and the wider treatment system; worker welfare and issues such as 'burn out'; the political, economic and social influences on workforce development; where we have been, where we are and where we are going.


Welcome and aims of the conference.

Conference chairperson: Jan Williams, Dean, School of Health and Education.

Challenges and responses

Two keynote speakers discuss the challenges and national level responses:

Prof Ann Roche,
Director National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Australia.

Identifying and Overcoming The Complexities and Conundrums of Workforce

Development: Global Perspectives and Some Pacific Rim Illustrations.

George Burton
, Workforce Development Programme Manager, Scottish Drugs Forum.

What's this thing called Workforce Development? A Scottish Perspective.

12:30-1:30 Lunch

The changing face of the ‘addiction workforce’


Dr. Kostas Agath, EMBA, FRCPsych, Medical Director, Addaction.

Addiction Specialist Doctors: An Endangered Species.

Dr. Sarah Galvani, Professor of Adult Social Care, Department of Social Care and

Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Swimming against the tide? Social work and substance use.

Dr. Christopher Whiteley, Trust Deputy Head of Psychology, Consultant Clinical

Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The contribution of applied psychologists to recovery oriented substance misuse

treatment systems.

Dr. Carmel Clancy, Head of Department of Mental Health, Social Work and

Integrative Medicine, Middlesex University and Mike Flanagan, FRCN,

Consultant Nurse and Clinical Lead: Substance Misuse Services, Surrey & Borders

Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & Chair of the Non-Medical Prescribing


Addiction nursing: a case for safeguarding?

Tea followed by a panel discussion

Close of conference

The event is free to attend, but booking is required as numbers are limited. Please contact Leeann Bradley for more information and to register your attendance.

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