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RCGP 15th National Conference: Working with Drug & Alcohol Users in Primary Care

Date: Thursday 22 - Friday 23 April 2010

The largest event in the UK for GPs, shared care workers, drug users, nurses and other primary care staff, specialists, commissioners, and researchers interested in, and involved with, the management of drug and alcohol users in primary care.

"I look forward to this conference all year because there is genuine debate wth all views being heard and considered and it is full of people who genuinely care" - User Advocate, April 2009

Building on the success of past conferences, this long-standing event returns now, for its 15th consecutive year, to examine the critical role primary care plays in working with drug and alcohol users, their families and carers. The two days focus upon integrating practice and policy, exploring the challenges, benefits and developments in practice today, with a Scottish flavour. Through an ensemble of over 40 factual, interactive and educational presentations, select special interest sessions, presented papers and films delegates will have the opportunity to explore a variety of topics including:
  • Exploring the recovery debate and personalisation of treatment.
  • Redefining harm reduction.
  • Integration of the whole treatment system.
  • Discussing linkage between use of substances, deprivation, social exclusion and poverty.
Keynote Speakers include:
  • Marcus Roberts Director of Policy Drugscope.
  • James Egan Head of Policy and Practice Scottish Drugs Forum.
  • Roy Robertson GP and Reader University of Edinburgh.
  • Anne Whittaker Nurse Facilitator (Drugs/Alcohol/BBV) NHS Lothian.
The conference also includes an exhibition and poster display throughout the event and a taste of Scotland reception and evening function on day one - an opportunity to further discussions and share personal knowledge and experiences with fellow attendees and speakers.

This highly popular event is a must save diary date for all professionals and anyone involved or interested in this complex area.

Presentations and other documents from the highly successful 2009 conference (Liverpool, 7-8th May) are available in the Past Reports & Presentations section together with those from all previous RCGP conferences.

Codeinefree would like to acknowlege the following people who have provided help, sponsorship, products and services without which our participation in the exhibition would not have been possible.

Dr Chris Ford
For making all of this possible. Many many thanks.

For providing the majority of the funding for the stand fees (> 2000ukp).

Sheila Kelly, PAGB
For providing funding to enable us to exhibit at the SECC, Glasgow.


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