Meet the Drink Talking Steering Committee

Anthony Gartland

Anthony began his career as a Mental Health Nurse in 1993. He trained as a Registered Mental Nurse in at Homerton College, Cambridge and continued his career at Fulbourn Hospital, part of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust for over 13 years and is now fully RMN DipHe FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners) registered.

Since 2006, Anthony has been working in addictions and continues to work with people who use and misuse alcohol and other drugs as part of his everyday practice.

Anthony is currently a Lead Nurse in the Alcohol Care Team at Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford and is Chair of the Surrey Alcohol Liaison Nurses forum.

In 2019, Anthony received the Chief Nurse of England Silver Award for services to nursing.

Ann Taylor

Ann has worked in Substance Misuse for over 30 years in both community and hospital-based roles, but now works as a Substance Misuse Specialist Nurse, working in a busy acute hospital in Wirral. Wirral is a peninsular on the opposite bank to Liverpool and has a population of 321,238; it has some of the most deprived areas and some of the most affluent in the UK.

During her career, Ann has had the privilege of working in Sydney, Australia for 10yrs as a Gastroenterology Nurse Consultant in drug treatment service to provide Hepatitis C treatment to this client group. Ann was involved with an Australia wide group of gastroenterology nurses which produced National Standards for treatment for delivering best practice for patients receiving Hepatitis C treatment.

During this time, Ann had secondments into Commissioning Teenage Pregnancy Services and Research and Audit looking into the effectiveness of treatments provided by the local drug service.

Ann is passionate about delivering effective, supportive services for addiction and championing equity in care.

Adrian Brown

With over 20 years’ experience, Adrian has carried out his role as an Alcohol Liaison Nurse from within 3 very different organisations.

Adrian has previously worked at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, home of the PAT (Paddington Alcohol Test) where he helped to develop a role providing both specialist substance misuse nursing input for the hospital and brief advice/brief interventions (IBA) as highlighted by NICE, RCP, RCN and DHSC. Additionally, Adrian worked to develop a service focussing on A&E, Clinical Decisions Unit (CDU) and Acute Medical Unit (admissions ward) as well as liver ward at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. The service established links with local alcohol and drugs services in Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth – especially the Wandsworth Assertive Case Management Team for people with frequent admissions and A&E attendances, who also have an alcohol-related problem.

Since February 2014, Adrian has worked as an Alcohol Nurse Specialist within the psychiatric liaison teams at Central Middlesex and Northwick Park Hospitals. These teams are part of the Psychological Medicine service line within CNWL NHS Trust.

Adrian’s work has been recognised by NICE on two occasions; firstly, where he helped to develop an alcohol care bundle with Acute Trust colleagues, and secondly, by developing a substance use screening form for mental health services.

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