National Substance Misuse Conference 2016 - Breaking Down Barriers
Birmingham, United Kingdom

National Substance Misuse Conference 2016 - Breaking Down Barriers

Event Information

National Substance Misuse Conference 2016 - Breaking Down Barriers

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Event Description

The National Substance Misuse Conference 2016 – Breaking Down Barriers is taking place on the 21st September 2016 at The Birmingham REP

Nationally, the Substance Use Disorders field is in a state of flux with so many unanswered questions of what the future may look like. Issues of barriers into treatment, the role of treatment in Recovery, commissioning, what Recovery is (and isn’t), Mutual Aid and NPS are just some of the key topics that are being debated. With Local Authorities under increasing financial pressure, future commissioning needs to not only address all of the issues but also win local political support and evidence Value for Money. In addition, the impact needs be sufficient for it to remain high on the government agenda.

 The National Substance Misuse Conference 2016 – Breaking Down Barriers will be a unique opportunity to receive leading expert knowledge in these 4 key areas:

  1. Strategy & Treatment- The new Drug strategy will highlight key findings and new practice to be implement and shape the future of treatment in the UK. How do we increase BME representation in treatment and build relationships.
  2. NPS - The ever changing NPS market, new legislation is due to be released but is it really going to work? Prisons declaring ‘Spice’ as the number 1 drug of choice, however, this is not being reflected in services. Are you out of date?
  3. Recovery – To capitalise & build on emerging support systems & services, in order to achieve whole person recovery (including citizenship and prosperity) for current and future service user populations.
  4. Policy – How policy currently impacts upon delivery and the wider effects of societal aspirations. Bringing together the latest scientific evidence and Global Health research, we will explore how to best shape current and future drug (and associated) policies to ensure that addiction is viewed as a human rights and public health issue.

Who Should Attend

The target audience for the conference are: Directors of Public Health, Substance Misuse workers, Public Health Commissioners, CCG leads, Police, Fire Service Criminal Justice Boards, Community Safety Partnerships, Behaviour Support Managers, Drug & Alcohol Recovery Managers, Directors of Operations, Senior Managers & Decision Makers, Partnership Co-ordinators, Behaviour Support Managers, Academics, Health Sectors, Local Authorities, Voluntary Sector, Treatment Funders, Researchers, Policy Makers, Clinicians, Housing Associations and the Private Sector. 

This conference will be a national stage to work together, interact with the audience and achieve the following Objectives;

  • To  provide  a  platform  for  strengthening  the  responses  to Substance Misuse  among  the diverse  populations  and  communities  impacted
  • To  advance  the  knowledge, implementation  and  scale  up  of  evidence‐informed Substance Misuse strategies and programmes. 
  • To  bring  together  the UK’s  Substance Misuse  experts  to  catalyse  and  advance knowledge,  present  the  most  recent  research  findings,  and promote and enhance key skills
  • To  influence  leaders,  including  key  policy  makers  and  sponsors,  to  increase  their commitment to breaking down barriers and raise awareness of tackling Substance Misuse  

Confirmed Speakers & Agenda - PLEASE CLICK HERE

  • Jess Phillips MP for Yardley 
  • Harry Shapiro, Director of Drugwise and managing editor of DS Daily - "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow; A drug policy overview”
  • Paul Hayes, Collective Voice - “Managing the politics of Brexit"
  • Dr Steve Brinksman, Clinical lead for Substance Misuse Management (SMMGP) -  “A changing landscape-challenges for substance misuse treatment”
  • Niamh Eastwood, Executive Director, RELEASE - “Drug criminalisation; A failed and unnecessary policy for the UK”
  • John Ramsey, Analytical toxicologist and recently retired Director of TICTAC, member of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) NPS committee - “New and emerging drugs of abuse:  the rise & fall of NPS”
  • Andrew Brown, Consultant, Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM Coalition) - “Understanding and meeting multiple needs”
  • Tony Mercer, Health Improvement Manager (Alcohol and other Drugs), Public Health England - “Spiritual pathways to Recovery”
  • Professor Fiona Measham, Professor of Criminology, Durham University - “The impact of NPS; Young People and Prisons”
  • Nic Adamson & Dr Prun Bijral, Change, Grow, Live (CGL) - “Innovation in Birmingham & in clinical practice”
  • Nigel Brunsdon, Director, Injecting Advice - “Safer Spaces” 
  • Max Vaughan, Manager, Centre of Excellence Universal & Prevention, Birmingham City Council - “Commissioning solutions for people presenting with multiple complex needs”
  • Mark Gilman, Managing Director, Discovering Health - "Rawhide Outcomes"
  • Ramnik Randhawa, President, Dharamseva -  “Sikh philosophy on Addiction”
  • Sunny Dhadley - Service User Involvement Officer, SUIT
  • Mohammed Ashfaq - Managing Director, KIKIT Pathways

Cost (All inclusive )


*** MULTIPLE DELEGATE DISCOUNTS (4+) are available ***

Please email for more information.

Please be aware:

  1. The EARLYBIRD will expire at midnight on Sunday 31st July 2016
  2. Places at the event are limited and tickets will be allocated first come, first serve;
  3. Once confirmed your booking will be subject to the terms and conditions and potentially cancellation charges.
  4. Substitutions can be made at any time. If notification is received 4 weeks prior to the course, a full refund will be made minus an administration charge of £40. Cancellations received after this time will receive no refund. Please note that notification of cancellation must be made in writing. RSBevents reserve the right to change the timings and/or identity of the speakers. 


Sponsorship packages available for all budgets, ranging from our Virtual Package up to our Bespoke Platinum Package CLICK HERE

Contact Us

Should you have any queries, please contact RSBevents and we will be happy to assist you;


m: 07723 018 576 


Once made your booking will be automatically confirmed and your name added to the list of confirmed attendees. 

We hope you are able to join us for what promises to be an insightful and Conference.

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