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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.


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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