Course Dates
Start DateDurationLocationRemaining
24/02/20211 day
Microsoft Teams Live Event  

Event overview
In partnership with Public Health England, this live webinar is aimed at clinicians, practitioners, and those involved with drug treatment services within secure environments. The day will feature live and pre-recorded interviews with key stakeholders who are able to provide insight regarding Covid-19 responses to substance misuse.


Dr Nat Wright, Clinical Research Director, University of Leeds; Managing Director, SLD Training

Nat is a practising GP and for over twenty years has held senior clinical leadership positions in primary and community care organisations providing treatment to those dependent upon alcohol or drugs.

Kieran Lynch, Criminal Justice Project Manager, PHE

Having worked as a probation service officer for Inner London Probation Service, Kieran completed his probation officer training and went on to work as a qualified probation officer for the London Probation Area. He went on to join the Drug Prevention Advisory Service in 2001 as a regional advisor in the London team. He took on the post as Criminal Justice Programme Manager for the NTA in 2003. Since April 2013 he has continued this work as part of the Public Health England (Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco team) and over the last 18 years has initiated and performance managed national programmes on substance misuse treatment with offenders.

Linda Harris OBE, CEO, Spectrum Community Health CIC & SLD Training

Dr Linda Harris, FRCGP is the founding Chief Executive and Chief Medical Officer of Spectrum Community Health CIC, a not for profit organisation delivering a range of community and health and Justice services on behalf of the NHS, Local Authority, Public Health and other partners in sites across the North of England.

Rupert Bailie, Senior Public Health Lead, HMPPS

Rupert has been central to HMPPS’s response to the SARS-Cov2 pandemic since January 2020, now leading on internal public health advice, scientific and clinical collaborations, and contributing to the command-level management of the whole prison and probation system. In his role as a senior leader across HMPPS’s health partnerships since 2012 he led the prisons service’s engagement in Exercise Cygnus, the government’s pandemic preparedness exercise in 2016, and the subsequent prison & probation resilience planning for influenza pandemic.

Prof. Jo Neale & SURE Recovery App Team

Jo Neale is a Professor in Addictions Qualitative Research based within the National Addiction Centre and working across the Biomedical Research Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at Kings College London. She is also Conjunct Professor in the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Jo has undertaken a range of qualitative and quantitative studies exploring topics relating to both homelessness and addiction. In 2013, Jo founded the Addiction Service User Group (SURG) in collaboration with the Aurora Project in Lambeth, London.

With colleagues Alice Bowen, Mel Getty and Paul Lennon, Jo recently developed the SURE Recovery App for people who are using alcohol and other drugs, in recovery, or thinking about recovery.

Dr Samantha Duggan, Secretary, The APPG for the twelve steps recovery programme 

Dr Samantha Duggan is a behavioural psychologist working in private practice with parents on family and parenting issues. Her website is She is also Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group for 12-Step Recovery from Addiction, a cross party group of MPs and Lords working to make 12-step recovery more available to those who need it.

Dr Helen Wakeling, Research Psychologist, HMPPS

Dr Helen Wakeling is a Chartered Research Psychologist, working as a researcher and evidence-based practice specialist within the Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service’s Evidence-Based Practice Team. She has worked as a researcher within HMPPS for 19 years, specialising originally in research and assessment of sexual offending. More recently her research interests include procedural justice, prison culture, drug taking in prisons and psychosocial maturity.

Rachel Bath, Public Health Specialty Registrar, PHE

Rachel Bath is a Public Health Specialty Registrar working with Public Health England’s National Health and Justice Team. Rachel has been leading work within the team to develop and implement the COVID-19 Testing Strategy across the adult prison estate with partners from HMPPS and NHS England.

Clare Anderson, Professor of History, University of Leicester

For more than 20 years, Clare’s research has focused on the history of prisons and penal colonies, from the 15th to 20th centuries. She is currently director of an ESRC GCRF funded research project which is exploring the ongoing aftermaths of the structures and systems of incarceration in the former colony of British Guiana on mental health and substance misuse in Guyana’s prisons today.

Simone Thorn Heathcock, Health and Justice Public Health Specialist in PHE London

Her role is to provide public health advice and expertise around health improvement across the prison populations. Simone has been supporting the London Health protection teams during the pandemic in managing incidents and outbreaks of COVID-19 in the secure estate.

She has previously worked in control of communicable disease, tropical medicine and mother and child health programmes. She has experience working in a variety of international countries, including Uganda, Bolivia, Tajikistan and Australia, with Action Against Hunger and UNICEF.

Simone is an Honorary Lecturer in Heath Services Research Management at City University, she also teaches Leadership and Inter professional collaborative practice at Buckinghamshire New University.


Event details

This course will be a Microsoft Teams Live Event, taking place over 1 day and will be recorded. The webinar will start at 10am and close at 3:30pm, with a lunch break in between. Admission is free.

Once you have registered, the link to join the webinar will be emailed to you at least 1 week before the event.

This webinar will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel so you can watch the session at your convenience.



10:00Linda Harris OBEOpening
Dr Nat WrightDrug Trends in England: a brief overview
10:15Rupert BailieHMPPS Response to a pandemic
10:45Dr Helen WakelingHMPPS Substance Misuse Research
11:15Dr Samantha Duggan12 Steps to Recovery
11:45Prof. Jo Neale & colleaguesSURE Recovery App
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK
13:30Dr Nat WrightImpact of Covid-19 lockdown measures upon drug supply, use and treatment entry
13:40Rachel BathCovid-19 Testing in prisons
13:50Simone Thorn HeathcockCovid-19 Study in prisons
14:05Clare AndersonMNS Disorders in Guyana’s jails
14:40Dr Nat Wright & Kieran LynchQ&A
15:30Dr Nat Wright & Kieran LynchClose

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