The NHS Substance Misuse Providers Alliance invite you to join us for our 2019 conference at Sheffield Hallam University on 9th September 2019.

The conference will bring together a range of speakers who will be sharing their innovations and expertise, offering insight and reflections on how we can more effectively engage and then provide support and treatment for those negatively affected by their use of alcohol. This includes those more directly affected, but also those who are affected by someone else’s drinking. Looking at this from both the perspective of the population and individuals, how do we address the fact that we know the number of alcohol users who access services is far less than we would expect and how do we reverse and ensure we have the capacity to meet this need?

With presentations and workshops from experts in this area of work alongside examples of best practice, we aim for this to be an informative and challenging day that is accessible to as wide as audience as possible due to our commitment to fair pricing.  We hope you can join us in Sheffield.


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Greg Fell: Key Note Speaker

Greg Fell is a Director of Public Health in Sheffield. He graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in biochemistry and physiology in 1993. He has worked as a social researcher in a maternity unit; a number of roles in health promotion and public health before joining the public health training scheme. Greg worked as a consultant in public health in Bradford in the PCT then Bradford council. Since Feb 2016 he has worked for Sheffield as Director of Public Health.


Professor David Best, Professor at Sheffield Hallam University: Pathways to Recovery – The Social Contagion of Hope

The presentation will be a summary of a number of studies that I have led in the UK and in Australia that show how effective community engagement can build positive connections and social support that enable people to achieve and sustain recovery from addictions whilst also benefiting the communities in which this happens.


Professor Colin Drummond, Professor of Addictions Psychiatry at Kings College Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust: The effectiveness of electronic Screening and Brief Intervention (eSBI) for reducing levels of alcohol consumption

Colin is a professor of Addiction Psychiatry at King’s College London. He trained in medicine at Glasgow University and undertook psychiatry training in Glasgow and the Maudsley Hospital. He is the principal investigator on several research grants from the Department of Health, the Medical Research Council, the National Institute of Health Research and the European Commission. He provided advice to government on alcohol and drug misuse strategy and was a member of the Models of Care working group which produced national frameworks for drug and alcohol services in England.

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Josh Connolly, Ambassador for NACOA: Being a COA is a thing - How growing up with, and eventually losing my dad to alcohol dependency impacted my whole life

Having grown up with an alcohol dependent father who he saw take his own life when he was just 9 years old, Josh had always found life a struggle. Josh began drinking  alcohol and taking drugs when he was 12 years old and his life spiralled quickly out of control. He believes that looking back, alcohol addiction had already become a problem for him by age 16. He became a father at 18 and things continued to get worse until at 24 his life changed when he decided to quit alcohol and drugs for good. He has been on a healing journey ever since and now speaks nationally about his experiences and raising awareness of the work of Nacoa. 


Dr Lloyd Humphreys from Silvercloud Health and David Cupit from Inclusion: The effectiveness of digital interventions & the digital evolution, progressing the digital offer.

Lloyd is a digital health entrepreneur, Head of Europe for SilverCloud, a Clinical Psychologist and NIA alumnus.


Kate Halliday, Executive Director at SMMGP: Alcohol and primary care interventions: we know they work, how can we increase their delivery?

There is evidence of the important role primary care can play in delivering brief interventions for alcohol (IBA). And yet there are problems in implementing IBA in primary care. This presentation will look at some of the challenges of IBA implementation in primary care, together with some possible solutions regarding how to improve IBA activity.


James Morris, Director of Alcohol Academy: Harmful drinkers: a missed opportunity for early-recovery?

Public Health England estimate there are close to 2 million harmful drinkers in England. Approximately one third of these have levels of dependence typically associated with alcohol treatment or help-seeking, but the majority are unlikely to receive specialist interventions. This group in particular appear to underestimate their drinking and have low problem recognition.

As such, harmful drinkers may be considered to fall into a gap between brief interventions for risky drinkers and treatment services for dependent drinkers. This talk will explore harmful drinkers as a unique and under-recognised group, and potential opportunities to promote 'early-recovery'.



Workshop 1: Greater Manchester’s Alcohol Exposed Pregnancy Programme with Róisín Reynolds & Rachael Nielsen

This workshop will reflect on why we are delivering an alcohol exposed pregnancy programme in Greater Manchester. It will explore what we know and what we don’t know. It will identify what we are trying to achieve. It will explain how we are developing the programme and will describe the lessons learnt and the impact the date. It will allow participants the time to consider the challenges and opportunities for rolling this out in other areas.


Workshop 2: Collaborative Commissioning with Andy Simpson, Ex Commissioner and Managing Director of BrightSparks.

Drug and alcohol service provision is one of the most sophisticated and mature markets in the public health commissioning sector with decades of water under the bridge in terms of contracts being let to NHS and third/independent sector organisations. So often the people that understand service users needs as well as the limitations of local treatment systems best, are actually the providers of those services. So this begs the question: How do you commission effective treatment systems when your provider knows more about the strengths and weaknesses of your local system than you do? 

Andy Simpson is a former Local Authority Commissioner with 10 years experience developing and commissioning a wide range of service provision across education, health and social care markets including alcohol and substance  treatment systems in community and secure settings. In this workshop Andy will explore how collaborative commissioning approaches that include service providers, service users and statutory organisations as equals in the shard development of innovative new treatment systems.

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Workshop 3: Rob Eyers, Founder of Telford Aftercare Team, & Michelle Perrin, Development Officer at Inclusion, on Involving Service Users in Service Design and Delivery.

Rob is the founder of the Telford Aftercare Team. TACT is a service user led organisation which has won national public health awards for their work. 

Michelle has worked in the substance misuse field for 17 years and has experience of working in a variety of environments including, domestic violence hostels and youth offending teams.

In 2005, Michelle began working as a practitioner in drug and alcohol teams within Young Offender Prisons and later moved to the adult male estate. She began expanding her experience in this field when she left the prisons and gained roles within a busy community team where she became the manager of a number of services developing and implementing new projects.

Michelle currently works within the Development Team for Inclusion with a dual role focusing on Quality Improvement and Development of Inclusion services across the country. This role keeps Michelle busy with a wide variety of tasks including implementing new services, enhancing service user experience and auditing the performance and quality of services.  Michelle’s real passion is her commitment to improve quality and experience for those using Inclusion services

Key Information

Date: 9th September 2019

Time: 9am-4pm

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University

Ticket Price:

  • Early Bird Tickets - £60 including lunch and workshop.

  • Standard Entry Tickets - £80 including lunch and workshop.

Book your place

Early Bird discount tickets available until 21st June 2019.



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NHS SMPA Conference 2018: Behaviour Change

Our 2018 conference took place on 17th September 2018 at the Wellcome Collection in London.

Watch highlights from our 2018 Conference:


Tony Adams MBE - Key Note

Tony Adams MBE, celebrated Arsenal and England footballer, and founder of Sporting Chance Clinic, will provide the key note speech at this year's conference.

Danny Hames - NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance

Danny Hames is Chair of NHS SMPA, as well as Head of Development at Inclusion UK. 

Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones - Gambling and the effects on public health

Dr Bowden-Jones is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as Consultant psychiatrist in Addictions. She is the Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic based in London. The clinic is the first and only NHS multidisciplinary treatment centre in the UK for the treatment of problem gamblers,it has been inundated by thousands of referrals since its opening in 2008 and holds an extensive national database on pathological gambling.

Dr. Luke Mitcheson - The new sub-modality report regarding PSI

Dr. Luke Mitcheson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. 

Dr. Dima Abdulrahim - on NEPTUNE

Dr Dima Abdulrahim words for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and is the main author of the NEPTUNE clinical guidance for the management of the harms of club drugs and novel psychoactive substances.

Viv Evans OBE - Chief Exective at Adfam

Adfam is the only national UK charity working to improve support for those affected by someone else's substance use.

Rob Eyers - Telford Aftercare Team (TACT)

TACT is a service user led organisation which has won national public health awards for their work. 

The conference brought together a range of speakers who shared their innovations and expertise, offering insight into how we can provide individuals with the best chance of achieving positive behaviour change.

This included showcasing the best that the NHS has to offer in the fields of drug and alcohol addiction, as well as venturing into new and developing debates such as how we can intervene positively for those suffering with gambling addiction. 

With presentations and workshops from representatives from the thirteen Trusts which form the Alliance along with guest speakers, it was an informative and challenging day.

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