Clinical Certificate

Substance Use and Addiction

Date: Thursday 5th December 2019 – Friday 6th December 2019
Venue: Radisson Park Inn Hotel, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4EW
Accommodation: Radisson Park Inn Hotel, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4EW
(accommodation is bookable separately when you complete the online booking form)
Organised by: Anne Lingford-Hughes, Lesley Peters and Julia Sinclair
Booking Status: FULLY BOOKED. Please email to be placed on the waiting list.


Thursday 5 December
10:00–10:30 Registration and refreshments
10:30–10:45 Introduction
Underlying neurobiology
10:45–11:30 The neurobiology of addiction. This lecture will cover key pharmacological, psychological aspects as well as brain circuitry
Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes (London)
11:30–11:45 Q&A
11:45–12:30 Understanding nicotine and e-cigarettes
Dr Debbie Robson (London)
12:45–13:45 Lunch
13:45–14:30 Clinical management of NPS and other ‘club drugs’
Dr Tim Williams (Bristol)
14:30–14:45 Q&A
14:45–15:30 Cannabis and cannabinoids
Dr Tom Freeman
15:30–15:45 Q&A
15:45–16:00 Coffee
16:00–17:30 Fifty years of psychopharmacology addiction and politics
Professor David Nutt (London)
17:30 End of Thursday Sessions
Friday 6 December
08:30–08:45 Arrival and Coffee
Alcohol dependence, benzodiazepines
08:45–09:30 Neurobiology of alcohol, GHB, benzodiazepines and gabapentinoids
Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes (London)
09:30–10:15 Management of benzodiazepine misuse
Dr Fergus Law (Bristol)
10:15–10:45 Refreshments
10:45–11:05 Overview of alcohol use disorders and management of alcohol withdrawal
Dr Chris Daly (Manchester)
11:05–11:15 Q&A
11:15–12:00 Relapse prevention in alcohol dependence
Dr Chris Daly (Manchester)
12:00–12:30 Discussion
Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes (London) and Dr Fergus Law (Bristol) and Dr Chris Daly (Manchester)
12:30–13:20 Lunch
13:20–14:05 Treatment of opioid dependence
Dr Lesley Peters (Manchester)
14:05–14:50 Management of Pain/OTC GABA/Opioid
Dr Sarah Burlinson
14:50–15:05 Q&A
15:05–15:15 Collect refreshments and take back into room
Particular populations and settings
15:15–16:00 Pharmacological management of comorbidity: Mental illness and substance use
Professor Julia Sinclair (Southampton)
16:00–16:30 Principles of management in Special Populations (younger people and older adults and in pregnancy)
(This session comprises slides in the handout folder for information and Q&A with the Panel)
Professor Julia Sinclair (Southampton) and Dr Lesley Peters (Manchester) and Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes (London)
16:30 Meeting ends – return of completed evaluation forms and name badges

Last edited 24th February 2020

Learning Objectives

  • To understand key neurobiology mechanisms underpinning substance misuse and addiction and their translation to clinical practice.
  • To understand the neurobiology specific to particular drugs of abuse including alcohol and their treatment.
  • To understand pharmacological strategies involved in treating substance misuse in different settings and ages as well as when comorbid with other psychiatric disorders.

This module is eligible for 10 CPD hours which are subject to peer group review.

Feedback from the 2019 Module

"Thank you for a very useful and relevant course. High quality speakers and excellent organisation"

"I will definitely be changing my prescribing practice"

"I am not one for giving extra feedback usually - but just to say that this course was superb! It was brilliantly organised too. Makes such a difference. I will be booking more BAP modules as I found it so useful. Thank you so much!"

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