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Addictions Clinical Academic Group

Organisational unit: Clinical Academic Group

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Clinical Academic Group Leads:

John Strang

Emily Finch

Eleanor Bateman

You can download the Addictions outcome book here


The Addictions CAG outcome book demonstrates our commitment to the tripartite mission which defines King’s Health Partners. We show many examples of how we have developed an evidence base and been able to implement treatments which improve the outcomes for the users of our services.

Addiction to a range of substances affect many  of the communities served by the organisations who make up King’s Health Partners (KHP). They contribute to the morbidity and mortality from a range of conditions and even more importantly to the outcomes from their treatment.  The Addictions CAG is in a unique position of being able to work across the organisations in partnership to reduce morbidity from alcohol, tobacco and drug use. The best examples of this are   the alcohol and tobacco strategies led by the Addictions CAG, particularly by Professor Colin Drummond and Professor Ann McNeill which have allowed the whole partnership to  show a commitment to improving the health of our communities by reducing their substance use.

Our outcomes book illustrates the wide ranging nature of our areas of interest. We broadly divide our work into tobacco, drugs and alcohol. However within these categories we investigate use and addiction in a range of client groups including adolescents, early users and entrenched users who are resistant to treatment. We also investigate emerging drug use trends, such as  that of new psychoactive substances where the evidence is lacking for treatments and we need  to learn new ones. We are very proud of our research record. Addictions clinical services are commissioned by local authorities as part of the provision of public health services. There is a highly competitive market in the provision of services driven by a need for commissioners to reduce costs. We have lost some services due to this competition but are proud of the consortia and partnerships which we have set up which have enabled us to continue looking after our vulnerable and stigmatised client group and enabling many of them to reduce the harm from their addictions and move towards recovery.

We  became  joint  CAG  leaders  around  18 months ago. We are looking forward to continuing the work of the CAG and despite the difficult and complex commercial pressures in clinical services, we will continue to achieve excellence in research and educate the next generation of clinicians and researchers.

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