NDSAG 2014

NDSAG 2014
LOCATION
Dundee, Scotland
EVENT THEME
EVENT SUMMARY
The conference featured 3 distinct research symposiums

•Will independence change Scotland’s relationship with alcohol?
•What Price A Unit? An exploration of Minimum Unit Pricing research
•An in-depth look at the broad base of Scottish Alcohol Brief Interventions research....
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Event speakers:

Dr Bruce Ritson
Dr Bruce Ritson MD.FRCPE.FRCPsych. Honorary Fellow Edinburgh University in Psychiatry...
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Laura Mahon
Laura Mahon joined Alcohol Focus Scotland in March 2008 and is Programme Lead for the organisation oversseing a variety of work including alcohol licensing, support to alcohol & Drug Partnerships and community engagement...
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Dr Benjamin Hawkins
Dr Benjamin Hawkins is a Lecturer in Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. A political scientist by training, his PhD focused on the politics of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union...
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Clare Beeston
Clare Beeston after starting life in nursing and then various health promotion jobs, she moved to the Evaluation team in NHS Health Scotland in 2005...
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Dr John Holmes
Dr John Holmes completed his PhD in Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York in 2009. His doctoral thesis examined young people's use of the Internet and questions of risks and inequalities of access...
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Dr Garath Reid
Dr Garath Reid has a PhD in public health from the University of Aberdeen and started his career doing international public health, with fieldwork in Ghana...
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Dr Steve Baguley
Dr Steve Baguley is a consultant in Genitourinary Medicine and Clinical Director of eHealth for NHS Grampian, Scotland...
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Dr Fergus Neville
Dr Fergus Neville is a Research Fellow in violence prevention at the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews...
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Dr Simon Shepherd
Dr Simon Shepherd BDS, MDSc MFDS RCSEd is Clinical lecturer in Oral Surgery at the University of Dundee Dental School...
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Prof Graham Ogden
Prof Graham Ogden BDS, MDSc, PhD, FDS RCS, FHEA, FRSA is Professor and Head of the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Clinical Sciences at the University of Dundee...
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Dr Christine Goodall
Christine Goodall...
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Andrew McAuley
Andrew McAuley is Public Health Information Manager in the Public Health Science Directorate at NHS Health Scotland, the national agency for reducing health inequalities and improving health...
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Prof Niamh Fitzgerald
Prof Niamh Fitzgerald is Lecturer in Alcohol Studies at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, part of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (www.ukctas.ac.uk)...
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Dr Bruce Ritson MD.FRCPE.FRCPsych. Honorary Fellow Edinburgh University in Psychiatry. Vice President Medical Council on Alcohol. Formerly; Chairman SHAPP, member Parole Board Scotland, Chairman Howard League Scotland, senior lecturer in psychiatry and consultant psychiatrist Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Author of books and articles on the prevention and treatment of alcohol related problems. Consultant to WHO principally concerned with : Community response to alcohol related problems´┐Ż. Research interests in treatment evaluation, prevention and community responses to alcohol use.
Laura Mahon joined Alcohol Focus Scotland in March 2008 and is Programme Lead for the organisation oversseing a variety of work including alcohol licensing, support to alcohol & Drug Partnerships and community engagement. During her career Laura has worked within voluntary and statutory sectors with a focus on policy, regeneration and frontline substance misuse service delivery. Before joining Alcohol Focus Scotland, Laura worked for Capability Scotland as Policy and Parliamentary Affairs Manager and Glasgow Community Planning Partnership as Area Community Planning Officer. Lara has an MA in Social Policy and a particular interest in policy development and service user involvement.
Dr Benjamin Hawkins is a Lecturer in Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. A political scientist by training, his PhD focused on the politics of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. His current research focuses on the role of research evidence and corporate actors in health policy making in the UK and at the international level. His recent publications focus on minimum-pricing and the alcohol industry in the UK. Prior to entering academia, he worked in sales and marketing in the alcohol industry.
Clare Beeston after starting life in nursing and then various health promotion jobs, she moved to the Evaluation team in NHS Health Scotland in 2005. One of her early pieces of work there was developing an outcomes framework which informed the alcohol strategy being developed in Scotland at the time. She now leads the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol strategy (MESAS) work programme which has been in place since 2009. In addition to the work on alcohol, Clare also works on health inequalities.
Dr John Holmes completed his PhD in Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York in 2009. His doctoral thesis examined young people's use of the Internet and questions of risks and inequalities of access. He then worked at the Institute for Social Change at the University of Manchester on research examining influences on child well-being and developments as part of the 'Social Change: A Harvard Manchester Initiative'. He joined the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield in 2010 and has mainly worked on development of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model. John's research interests include modelling of trends and patterns in alcohol consumption behaviours and the analysis of public health policy impacts on different population subgroups.
Dr Garath Reid has a PhD in public health from the University of Aberdeen and started his career doing international public health, with fieldwork in Ghana. Subsequently, he evaluated interventions in Scotland, on men's health and teenage pregnancy. Garath now works at NHS Health Scotland on a number of different topics including: tobacco control, alcohol consumption and outcomes planning. He is a part of the team working on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Scottish Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) study and am project lead for Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABIs) in wider settings and the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey.
Dr Steve Baguley is a consultant in Genitourinary Medicine and Clinical Director of eHealth for NHS Grampian, Scotland. He trained in Medicine and Cell Biology in Glasgow and then worked in South West England and Northern Australia before arriving in Aberdeen in 2003. He has worked on the writing groups for the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network Chlamydia guideline 2008, the Quality Improvement Scotland Sexual Health standards and the Healthcare Improvement Scotland HIV standards.

In 2010-11 he was a team leader for the QIS inspections of Scottish health boards against the Sexual Health Standards.
In 2010-11 he was a part of the expert group established to advise the chief medical officer of Scotland on possible changes to chlamydia management policy in the country. He is the current chair of the Scotland branch of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV.

Steve has long had an interest in information management in healthcare, completing an MSc in Healthcare Informatics in 2008. He was appointed Clinical Director for eHealth in 2010.

However, Steve spends most of his time as a GUM clinician where his interests lie in STI epidemiology and, particularly, the role of alcohol. Because of this interest he was commissioned by the Scottish Government to research the role of Alcohol Brief Interventions in Sexual Health clinics.
Dr Fergus Neville is a Research Fellow in violence prevention at the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews. His interests in this area include social identity processes, social norms and influence, and how these relate to alcohol use as violence risk factor (perpetriation and victimhood). He has been part of collaborative team exploring the potential of alcohol monitoring to prevent violence. Fergus completed his PhD in social psychology at the University of St Andrews where he studied social influence and emotion processes in collective action.
Dr Simon Shepherd BDS, MDSc MFDS RCSEd is Clinical lecturer in Oral Surgery at the University of Dundee Dental School. His main research interests include understanding the difficulties in introducing risk advice in to general dental practice. The barriers specifically related to the delivery of alcohol advice by dentists in primary care are the focus of his current research towards a PhD. His other interests include the understanding of pharmacology & therapeutics in dentistry, the development of novel undergraduate teaching methods, and the use of technology in learning.
Prof Graham Ogden BDS, MDSc, PhD, FDS RCS, FHEA, FRSA is Professor and Head of the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Clinical Sciences at the University of Dundee. His research interests include the early detection of oral cancer and the role of alcohol. He completed his specialist training in academic oral and maxillofacial surgery (AACOMS) in 1993 and was appointed to the Chair in 1999. He is on the GDC specialist list for both Oral Surgery & Oral Medicine. In 2012 he was awarded the Ian Stevenson Award for Public Engagement with Research. In 2013 he was made a Vice Dean of the Dental Faculty of the Roal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow.
Dr Christine Goodall BSc(Hons), BDS(Hons), FHEA, FDS (OS), Hon MFPH, PhD Christine graduated from Glasgow Univerity's Dental School in 1996 following a previous career as a scientific research fellow. She has been on the Specialist List for Oral Surgery since 2002. She trained on Oral Surgery in Glasgow and Aberdeen and obtained her exit Fellowship in Oral Surgery from RCPSG in 2008. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer (Honorary Consultant) in Oral Surgery at the University of Glasgow's Dental School where she is Head of BDS Admissions and the Lead Clinician for her speciality. Christine's research interests lie in the fields of alcohol, violence and facial trauma and she works closely with colleagues at St Andrews University, where she holds an honorary contract, and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. She has carried out several randomised controlled trials into brief interventions for alcohol and violence in maxillofacial surgery as well as assessing the feasibility of ABI in the general dental practice setting. Current work includes development of a violence brief intervention and assessment of the use of sobriety testing technology in non-offending and offending groups. She is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health. Christine is also Director of Dental Exams at RCPSG.
Andrew McAuley is Public Health Information Manager in the Public Health Science Directorate at NHS Health Scotland, the national agency for reducing health inequalities and improving health. He has worked in the NHS for almost 13 years, specifically within the substance misuse field for the past 8 years. He is currently a member of the Monitoring and Evaluation Scotland's Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) team and the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol (INEBRIA). Andrew was also recently invited to become an honorary member of the Substance Use and Misuse research team at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is both an author of, and contributor to, a range of peer-reviewed publications on different aspects of substance misuse, including a recent chapter for the World Health Organisation on alcohol problems in the criminal justice system. Andrew is currently undertaking his PhD on a part-time basis.
Prof Niamh Fitzgerald is Lecturer in Alcohol Studies at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, part of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (www.ukctas.ac.uk). Her curren-t remit is to lead in teaching and public engagement on alcohol issues for UKCTAS. Niamh has been working in the field of brief interventions on alcohol issues for UKCTAS. Niamh has been working in the field of brief interventions on alcohol and other lifestyle issues since 2004 through posts with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Robert Gordon University and for over 9 years leading Create Consultancy Ltd. Other interests include drug and alcohol education, treatment and recovery, reducing harm to children affected by parental substance misuse and communication skills in healthcare more broadly.

Niamh conducts research into the implementation, design and testing of alcohol brief interventions in various settings including current work in pharmacies, youth services and A&E. Niamh has trained over 1,000 practitioners and over 200 trainers on alcohol, drugs and other lifestyle issues and played a lead role in supporting the rollout of alcohol brief interventions (ABIs) in Scotland. With colleagues at Create, Niamh authored the national ABI training programme for primary care, A&E and antenatal staff, as well as other programmes for youth workers, community workers, social workers and multidisciplinary groups in both Scotland and England. Nationally, Niamh supported the development of ABI practitioner and patient materials, online and audio-visual training resources, and local implementation. Create were also commissioned to roll out programme of mainstreaming alcohol brief interventions 'on an industrial scale' across the bublic sector Wigan.

Niamh is a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University and has been on the committee of the International Network for Brief Interventions on Alcohol and other drugs.