Overview

19 Jul, 20228:45 am-4:00 pm
Central London

This Conference will provide updates and insights on From Harm to Hope, the Government’s joint-departmental 10-year strategy for tackling drug related crime and reducing related deaths. With £3 billion set to be spent in the next three years on various aspects of the new strategy, following recommendations from the two-part independent review by Professor Dame Carol Black, there has never been a more important time for agencies involved in prevention and treatment services to join together with wider stakeholders, including across the criminal justice system and local authorities, and explore how to implement effective approaches that utilise available funding.

The Strategy and related spending includes investing an additional £780 million to rebuild drug treatment and recovery services, and an aim to reduce overall drug use towards a historic 30-year low. Three core priorities outlined in the document are:

  • Break drug supply chains
  • Deliver a world-class treatment and recovery system
  • Achieve a shift in the demand for recreational drugs

The Conference will also explore how wider substance misuse may differ from as well as appear alongside drug misuse, and the nuances of different people involved in this cycle, with a view to help attendees create a person-centred approach to strategy implementation, regardless of their area of focus.

Through a series of updates from policymakers, discussions with experts and peers, and the chance to reflect and plan through dedicated networking breaks, this Conference provides a timely opportunity to learn, examine, and strategise to effectively tackle substance misuse.

Key Speakers

Professor Dame Carol Black photo
Professor Dame Carol Black
Author
Independent Review of Drugs
Sophie Linden photo
Sophie Linden
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime
Jemima Burnage photo
Jemima Burnage
Director of Mental Health
Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Other Speakers

Professor Gail Gilchrist photo
Professor Gail Gilchrist
Professor in Addictions Healthcare Research
King’s College London
Dr David Bremner photo
Dr David Bremner
Medical Director
Turning Point
Dr John Collins photo
Dr John Collins
Director of Academic Engagement
Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Councillor Chris Kennedy photo
Councillor Chris Kennedy
Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care, Voluntary Sector and Leisure
London Borough of Hackney
Superintendent Jamie Pitt photo
Superintendent Jamie Pitt
Northumbria Police
Elizabeth Taylor-Diparno photo
Elizabeth Taylor-Diparno
National Implementation Manager for RECONNECT and Enhanced RECONNECT, Health & Justice Team
NHS England & NHS Improvement
Kieran Lynch photo
Kieran Lynch
Criminal Justice Programme Manager
NHS England & NHS Improvement
Dr Derek Tracy photo
Dr Derek Tracy
Medical Director, West London NHS Trust, and Senior Lecturer, King's College London and University College London
Member, UK Government’s Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs
Andrew Cass photo
Andrew Cass
Service Manager, Wirral-Based Drug Treatment Service
Change, Grow, Live
Nic Adamson photo
Nic Adamson
Deputy Chief Executive
Change, Grow, Live
Jonathan Bowden photo
Jonathan Bowden
Programme Manager, South Tees Public Health
Middlesbrough Lead, Project ADDER
Niamh Eastwood photo
Niamh Eastwood
Executive Director
Release

Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Professor Gail Gilchrist
Professor Gail Gilchrist
Professor in Addictions Healthcare Research
King’s College London
Confirmed
9:40 am
Government Strategic Update: ‘From Harm to Hope’ – The 10 Year Drugs Plan to Cut Crime and Save Lives

This session will give a deeper insight into spending plans for implementing the £3 billon strategy, broken down to £900 million per Spending Review period, for tackling drug issues.

Updates will be provided on progress of the core priorities since the strategy launch in December 2021, including:

  • Breaking drug supply chains
  • Delivering a world-class treatment and recovery system
  • Achieving a shift in the demand for recreational drugs

Advice will be given on how key stakeholders can support each other’s efforts in delivering activities related to these priorities, to ensure a holistic approach that works for the whole of society.

This session will include time for questions.

Andy Johnson
Andy Johnson
Deputy Director, Crime Strategy and Performance
UK Home Office
Invited
10:05 am
Improving Outcomes for People Engaging with Substance Misuse through the Changing Futures Programme
  • Outlining the key features of the £64 million Changing Futures programme, and specifically how the initiative adopts a local approach through 15 local, public and community partnerships
  • Highlighting how the government is partnering with the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver community-based projects that support the programme’s aims
  • Understanding how the programme is successfully involving people with lived experience of multiple disadvantage in the design, delivery and evaluation of services, including working to reduce the demand for drugs
  • Sharing successes of the programme through its first year of implementation, and priorities up until March 2024, including transforming local services to provide a person-centred approach

This session will include time for questions.

Shane Britton
Shane Britton
Lead Policy and Programme Advisor, Changing Futures Programme
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Invited
10:30 am
APPG Update: Insights into Cross-Parliament Work on Improving Drug Policy

This session will share insights into the work of the APPG in liaising with UK-based and international colleagues on informing better approaches to drug policies, and how the Group’s work has fed into the Government’s 10 year strategy.

Discussing how the focus of the group has adapted to the changing landscape of drugs policy, Crispin will explore how key partners and wider society can work to help a shift in demand for drug misuse, and, based on interactions with experts, what is needed for a truly world-class recovery system.

This session will include time for questions.

Crispin Blunt MP
Crispin Blunt MP
Chair
All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform
Confirmed
11:00 am
Networking, Exhibition and Refreshments Break
11:20 am
Substance Misuse and Continuity of Care

This session will provide an overview on NHS England & NHS Improvement’s role in supporting continuity of care for substance misuse treatment and recovery for individuals in the Criminal Justice System.

Key discussion points will include:

  • Commissioning of health services with a core focus on treatment and recovery, and continuity of care back into the community
  • Building on the treatment and recovery capital made whilst people are in prison, and supporting the challenges across the diverse nature of the prison population
  • Providing an overview of the RECONNECT Service and its core aims to increase access and uptake of healthcare and reduce health inequalities for those leaving prison

This session will include time for questions.

Elizabeth Taylor-Diparno
Elizabeth Taylor-Diparno
National Implementation Manager for RECONNECT and Enhanced RECONNECT, Health & Justice Team
NHS England & NHS Improvement
Confirmed
Kieran Lynch
Kieran Lynch
Criminal Justice Programme Manager
NHS England & NHS Improvement
Confirmed
11:40 am
Implementing a Holistic Approach to Tackling Crimes Related to Drug Misuse

This session will provide an update on the work of the London Mayor’s Office in tackling drug crime and how ongoing efforts relate to the updated government strategy.
Key themes explored will include:

  • Insights into how tackling drug crime and related deaths has become part of the Police and Crime Plan for London 2022-25, and what other local areas can learn from this
  • Analysis of County Lines complexities, and how exploitation is being tackled as part of related crime-tackling efforts
  • How the Mayor’s Office is supporting the work of local police teams to address community-specific issues, while taking a London-wide approach to the problem of drug crime, including to encourage a shift in demand

This session will include time for questions.

Sophie Linden
Sophie Linden
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime
Confirmed
12:05 pm
Panel Discussion: Analysing the Complexities of Substance Misuse and the Support Required to Move Forward

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to raise questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Understanding the differences between drug and alcohol dependency, and how services may need to address prevention and treatment services separately as well as appreciating the parallels and intersections of misuse
  • Exploring the wider vulnerabilities that often relate to substance misuse, and how holistic support for these can be better embedded into recovery and treatment services to end a cycle of misuse
  • Highlighting the importance of including lived experience insights into programmes around substance misuse, and sharing best practice approaches of a person-centred approach
Dr David Bremner
Dr David Bremner
Medical Director
Turning Point
Confirmed
Dr Derek Tracy
Dr Derek Tracy
Medical Director, West London NHS Trust, and Senior Lecturer, King's College London and University College London
Member, UK Government’s Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs
Confirmed
Nic Adamson
Nic Adamson
Deputy Chief Executive
Change, Grow, Live
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Lunch, Exhibition and Networking Break
1:45 pm
Improving Standards of Residential and Community Substance Misuse Services

In this session you will gain a detailed understanding of the five key elements that make up a CQC inspection, and explore best practice examples of these areas, including how quality service providers have demonstrated:

  • Safety and functional safeguarding systems
  • Effectiveness in assessments, care and treatment
  • Care, compassion and inclusivity
  • Responsive, personalised and timely care
  • Strong leadership and management for sustainable care

This session will include time for questions.

Jemima Burnage
Jemima Burnage
Director of Mental Health
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Confirmed
2:10 pm
Panel Discussion: Exploring the Successes of Project ADDER in Enhancing Treatment and Recovery Provision

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to raise questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Sharing insights from the roles of different agencies in delivering Project ADDER, and perceived success so far
  • Understanding how different elements of the Project relate to reducing drug-related deaths, offending and prevalence of drugs, and how community partners work together across these aims
  • Highlighting how the Project boosts treatment capacity and recovery support with holistic partnerships between housing, justice and healthcare sector partners
  • Discussing how the funding and Project initiatives relate to other ongoing local work to, for example, support young people at risk and tackle anti-social behaviour, and considerations for how other local partnerships may incorporate learning into their community programmes
Councillor Chris Kennedy
Councillor Chris Kennedy
Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care, Voluntary Sector and Leisure
London Borough of Hackney
Confirmed
Superintendent Jamie Pitt
Superintendent Jamie Pitt
Northumbria Police
Confirmed
Andrew Cass
Andrew Cass
Service Manager, Wirral-Based Drug Treatment Service
Change, Grow, Live
Confirmed
Jonathan Bowden
Jonathan Bowden
Programme Manager, South Tees Public Health
Middlesbrough Lead, Project ADDER
Confirmed
2:40 pm
Networking, Exhibition and Refreshments Break
3:00 pm
Interview Session with Professor Dame Carol Black: Next Steps in Tackling Drug Misuse

This session will provide an opportunity to hear from Professor Dame Carol Black about her thoughts on the government’s drug strategy, following her two-part independent review which put forward recommendations and key next steps for government.

The conversation will explore progress made so far since Dame Carol Black’s reviews, and advise on how all partner agencies can effectively work on prevention and treatment approaches in the short and long-term to ensure the key aims and priorities of the strategy are implemented.

The Conference chair will engage in a Q&A with Dame Carol, and take questions from attendees throughout.

Professor Dame Carol Black
Professor Dame Carol Black
Author
Independent Review of Drugs
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Panel Discussion: International Approaches to Tackling Drug Misuse

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to raise questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Exploring the success of decriminalisation approaches in countries around the world, as well as the ongoing negative debates around these
  • Discussing what a human rights-based approach to drugs policy could look like in the UK
  • Understanding ‘what works’ to reduce demand for drugs in different policy and country contexts
  • Learning from countries where policymakers have ensured involvement from local NGOs and grassroots organisations to bring positive change to drug use of policy
Dr John Collins
Dr John Collins
Director of Academic Engagement
Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
Confirmed
Niamh Eastwood
Niamh Eastwood
Executive Director
Release
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

Professor Gail Gilchrist
Professor Gail Gilchrist
Professor in Addictions Healthcare Research
King’s College London
Confirmed

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