‘Get Connected’ – The DDN conference programme

Thank you to everyone who made the conference a success. Watch this space for photos, video and our special conference issue of DDN!


Here’s what happened on the day…

DDN conference, 22 February 2018
The New Bingley Hall, Birmingham

9.00-10.00am – Registration

10.00-11.15am – Opening session. Chair: Claire Brown, DDN editor
Welcome, setting the scene, making the most of your day. Introducing the ‘Get Connected’ theme and the DDN ‘Wider Health’ initiative.

Treating the whole person: Stacey Smith looks at addressing linked conditions and better healthcare through a journey of hepatitis C treatment.

Finding the right match: Sue McCutcheon considers screening, outreach and getting into treatment, whatever the health need.

It takes two – the unwritten contract of mutual respect: Nick Goldstein shares experience of communicating effectively with healthcare professionals to get the best from the therapeutic relationship.

What a team: Dr Steve Brinksman explores the best kind of patient-doctor alliance.

11.15-11.45am – Refreshments

11.45-1.00pm – Session two

More than bricks and mortar: James Graham shows how supported housing can open so many doors.

Current data on prevalence and harms, and your experience on the ground: Session led by Pete Burkinshaw and a team from PHE. This session will give an overview of some of the key data and engage you in an ongoing conversation about trends and causes, and whether the data reflects your experience.

We’re listening to you: an interactive session with the Faculty of Commissioners on planning addiction care services for the future. With Mark Gilman, Terry Pearson, Paul Musgrave and Kerrie Hudson.


1.00pm- 2.30pm – Lunch and networking.
Enjoy the amazing DDN Exhibition, with information, expertise, and peer-led support groups. Special features include dedicated zones for health, training and employment, support and advice, and wellbeing; naloxone training and kits; and taster therapy sessions.

2.30-4.00pm – Session three

Returning to learning: Dot Turton explains the dynamic initiative called collegiate recovery, helping students in higher education to thrive.

Thinking about drinking: Ben Parker and Chris Campbell explain their pathways for reaching clients with harmful alcohol use in their homes, so they can start their wellness journey whatever their health problems.

Get connected!: Sunny Dhadley shares inspiration on how you can make the most of potential to widen your horizons.



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