23rd June 2020 | 5pm – 6pm

Addictions: innovative practice in COVID19

Primary and Secondary care perspectives on pandemic as a stimulus to change


In our first Faculty meeting since the lockdown, we will discuss how clinicians have adapted during COVID19 to care for homeless patients with addictions.

Providing an overview on creative ways of treating homeless patients during a pandemic, our speakers will outline useful tools, and ways to help ensure positive primary and secondary care experiences for people experiencing homeless with complex needs .

Presentations from

  • Dr John Budd – GP at Edinburgh Access Practice, Co-ordinator, Lothian Deprivation Interest Group and Chair of the board of directors, North Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol Centre.
  • Dr Emmert Roberts – MRC Clinical Research Fellow in the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and Honorary Specialist Registrar in Substance Misuse Psychiatry at the South London and the Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust.

Chair: Dr Nigel Hewett, Medical Director, Pathway

Register here.


Disruption Seminar 

Date : Wednesday 4th December 2019
Place – Scottish Storytelling Centre 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR
Time – 9.30 for tea and coffee – start at 10 am – 1400 (Lunch provided)

The meeting includes a presentation from Helen Carlin, CEO & Founder of Rowan Alba. Founded in 2005, Rowan Alba has a vision of an inclusive society, where coherent social policy mitigates the risks of  falling through the cracks; or where this does happen, the provides a provision of services which address the needs of the individual and focuses on their capacity to contribute fully to a more connected community.

Helen will share ideas on campaigning, being disruptors and creating change, focusing on Thorntree, the only home for life for street drinkers in the UK.

Helen will be joined by Pat McArdle, CEO of the Mayday Trust , a forward thinking organisation working with people going through some of the toughest life transitions,  including people experiencing homelessness, leaving care, coming off drugs or alcohol, coming out of prison or psychiatric hospital.

At the meeting we will hear responses and reactions from people with different perspectives about how to change current practise (lived experience, policy, practice and research).  This will be followed by facilitated round table discussions.

Places are limited so sign up quickly  via this link  – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/disruption-seminar-tickets-76005150451