Duncan Hill

I am currently the Specialist Pharmacist in Substance Misuse (SPiSM) in NHS Lanarkshire.

I started in community pharmacy after qualifying from RGIT, Aberdeen. I became an addictions pharmacist in 2005 in NHSGGC then Lanarkshire since 2009.

I am a qualified Pharmacist Independent Prescriber and have been practicing since 2007. Initially in a clinic with the Homeless Addictions Team in NHSGGC and currently 3 clinics within NHS Lanarkshire. I lead a team of 8 pharmacist prescribers working as part of a multidisciplinary (and integrated) substance misuse prescribing service.

I am an Honorary Lecturer at Strathclyde University and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow Caledonia University. In the role at Strathclyde University I am involved with the Pharmacist Independent Prescriber course as well as undergraduate teaching and projects.

I am a member of the Scottish Specialist Pharmacists in Substance Misuse group and the Opioid Painkiller Dependence Alliance (OPDA) core group.

I have published a number of articles on various addiction related topics.

Narenza Dhanasar
NMPSM Forum membership secretary

Qualified as Mental health Nurse in 2009 and trained as a Non-medical prescriber in 2015. My experiences within Mental Health Nursing and Substance Misuse have been derived from working in Tier Three NHS organizations both Adult and Children. Currently employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist lead in Substance Misuse/ Non-medical prescriber for East London Foundation Trust. Currently managing substance misuse services within a homeless GP practice. Have completed the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) training for both the Certificate in Management of Drug Misuse and Certificate in the Management of Alcohol Problems in Primary care. Lectures part time for Mental health student Nurses at London South Bank University.

Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan is Consultant Nurse and Clinical Lead for the drug & alcohol services provided by Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey, the London Borough of Hounslow and in Brighton & Hove.

Mike has worked in the drug & alcohol field since 1991 in a range of clinical and academic settings. He qualified as a non-medical prescriber in 2006, and recognising the need for peer support for NMPs he established the National Substance Misuse Non-Medical Prescribing Forum.
From small beginnings this group has grown to have over 500 members; all nurse or pharmacist prescribers in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Mike chaired the expert group that wrote the Public Health England (PHE) guideline on NMP in alcohol and drug services. He co-chaired the group writing guidelines on the role of addiction nurses for PHE and the RCN and is a member of the expert group writing the 2017 Department of Health UK guidelines on the management of drug misuse (‘The Orange Book’).

In 2014 Mike was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing for making an exceptional contribution to nursing and in 2017 he became a Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholar.

Graham Parsons

Graham Parsons has been a practicing pharmacist since 1991. After working in a variety of community pharmacy roles, Graham was invited to work alongside a GP Specialist in Substance Misuse in 2003 and joined NHS Plymouth in 2005 as a specialist medicines management advisor in substance misuse. In 2007 Graham became a prescriber within the Plymouth Primary Care Addiction Service and in 2009 became a Pharmacist with Special Interest in Substance Misuse.
In 2010 Graham was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and spent 3 years on the ACMD informing Government policy. After a brief period of time working as a generalist in a number of GP Practices in Plymouth, Graham returned to the field in 2015 with Turning Point.

Graham is now Lead Pharmacist for Turning Point and runs a clinic in Hammersmith and Fulham for 2 days a week. Graham is a Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) trainer for both the Certificate in Management of Drug Misuse and Certificate in the Management of Alcohol Problems in
Primary Care and has written a number of articles for professional journals including The Pharmaceutical Journal.

Kevin Ratcliffe

Kevin is a Consultant Pharmacist in addictions, working within Reach Out Recovery in Birmingham. He is the clinical lead for one of the Birmingham area clinics. He is also the national non-medical prescribing lead for CGL. In addition, he is responsible for the day to day management of the community pharmacy-based substance misuse services across the city. He has prescribed within primary and secondary care, specialist units and secure environments, and now works within the third sector (charitable organisation).

Apart from his clinical work, Kevin is a regional trainer for the Royal College of General Practitioners, specialising in the Part 2 (advanced) drug misuse certificate. He sits on the Executive Operations Board for the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) and is the Product Guardian for the national substance misuse assessment. Kevin is a specialist lecturer at Birmingham University and is also involved in a number of research studies at a national level. He is an assessor for the postgraduate NMP course at Keele University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and of the RPS Faculty.


Other members of Steering Group

• Caroline Frayne (Nurse)
• Elizabeth Garth (Nurse)
• Andrew Willshaw (Nurse)
• Sue Doherty (Nurse)