Welcome to the NHS APA 2022 Virtual Conference titled; Tackling Stigma in Action: Visibility, Education and Language.

In this session Danny Hames, NHS APA Chair, will open the conference and introduce our key note speaker, Roy Lilley.

We will also be joined by our expert panel; Howard King, Andy Ryan and Kate Hall to answer questions from our online delegates. The session will conclude at approximately 10.15am.

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    Danny Hames
    NHS APA Chair
    Danny Hames has 18 years’ experience working in the public and voluntary sectors, within criminal justice, long terms conditions and the drug and alcohol treatment sector. He has worked as a Practitioner, Operational manager and Head of Development. In September 2018 he became the Head of Inclusion which is part of the Midlands NHS Foundation Partnership Trust. Inclusion is the largest NHS provider of drug and alcohol services in England working in both prisons and the community. Inclusion also provides Sexual Health and Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services. Danny is an accredited PRINCE2 and MSP Practitioner and holds a PG Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Policy and a MA in Voluntary Sector Studies.

    Danny initiated and is a founding member of the NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance which was founded in 2016, this is a collaboration of thirteen NHS trusts who provide drug and alcohol treatment services with the aim of supporting and developing best practice in the sector, this included, with Collective Voice producing “Improving Clinical Responses to Drug Related Deaths Best Practice Guidelines (April 2017)”. The NHS APA also aims to provide a NHS treatment service voice to the benefit of the sector and as part of this runs annual conferences. The NHS APA currently work in over 50 prisons and 35 community services across England. NHS APA is currently establishing an initiative across 12 NHS trusts in England to eliminate Hepatitis C. Danny is the current chair of the NHS APA.
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    Roy Lilley
    Key Note Speaker
    Over 50 years ago Roy Lilley started his first enterprise from scratch, built it into a multi-million turn-over business and sold it to fellow directors and managers, in 1989. He has chaired everything from major boards, to hospitals, health authorities, voluntary organisations and charities. He has been a policy advisor, a visiting fellow at Imperial College London, helped start the Health services Management school at Nottingham University and was a founder of the Federation of NHS Trusts… that became the Confed. In local government; for over 20 years a councillor, chaired all the major committees, became the leader of the Council and Mayor of Surrey Heath Borough Council.

    He is the Founder of the Academy of Fabulous Stuff, the only free-to-access repository of best practice in the NHS, the developer of the Fab-O-Meter, a way for measuring morale in organisations, in real time, and for over ten years has written a discontinuous eLetter that, often, over three times a week, reaches the inboxes of 300,000 health and care managers in the UK and overseas. He visits over 20 NHS establishments a year and travels the UK and world-wide talking about healthcare, management and policy. Three times voted the top speaker on NHS topics. He says; ‘Healthcare is my interest, my challenge, my passion and I am lucky to be involved with the professionals who make our lives healthier, our families safer and each of us proud of what we do.'
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    Howard King
    Managing Director for Specialist Services at MPFT
    Howard trained as a social worker before becoming a Probation officer. He started working with drug and alcohol users in prisons in 1998, initially with an NHS trust in Surrey and then managing a range of community and prisons based services in the Third Sector. He joined what was South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) in 2009 as Head of Operations for Inclusion before becoming Head of Inclusion in 2021.

    When Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT) was formed in 2019, he became the Managing Director of Specialist Services. He has always enjoyed working with people, being able to develop new ideas, seeing what we do make a difference to individuals and being part of a team.
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    Kate Hall
    Head of Operations, Addiction & Homeless Services, GMMH NHS Foundation Trust
    Kate Hall qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1991 and began her career in addictions as a staff nurse in 1994 on what was then known as the Regional Drug Dependence Unit in Manchester. The unit is now known as the Chapman-Barker unit and, with 36 beds, is the largest NHS inpatient unit, delivering alcohol and drug detoxification, in the country.

    Over the last twenty-six years, Kate has worked in various roles, including keyworker, team and service manager in numerous community alcohol and drug settings across the NW of England and worked as a Deputy Regional Manager with the NTA, leading regionally on the Tier 4 agenda between 2004 and 2006.

    She returned to the Trust in 2007 and now operationally leads on all addiction and homelessness services delivered across GMMH.

    Kate has contributed to publications such as the UKDPC Recovery Consensus Statement and Medications in Recovery. She is a Specialist Advisor with the CQC.
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    Andy Ryan
    Head of Services for Changing Lives
    Andy has worked in the recovery sector for over 15 years and has a particular interest in the psychosocial and psychotherapeutic support offered. As the Head of Services for Changing Lives Andy supports the teams across Yorkshire and the North East to deliver relational and effective services that are informed by the local needs and cultures.

    Historically, Andy has accessed many of the support services he is connected to today and tries to use this experience to inform conversations and contribute to collective learning and development.