Guest speaker
Dr Emmert Roberts
Dr Emmert Roberts is an MRC Clinical Research Fellow in the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and Honorary Specialist Registrar
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Dr. Roberts is an addiction psychiatrist and research fellow working in South London, working with people with addiction to substances as well as addictive behaviours, like gambling.

He conducts research looking at the impact of policy changes on patients, such as their ability to access healthcare services. He was the clinical lead for the Homeless Hotel Drug and Alcohol Service (HDAS) in London - the first such service covering all of London, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He has recently been awarded a 5-year fellowship developing interventions to improve care for people with drug use, and another fellowship in health policy. In this episode, we discuss drug consumption rooms, reasons for why the UK has had the highest drug-related deaths on record in the last year, and how policy and services could be different in order to address this.

These are some of the reports mentioned in the episode:

Lessons Learned from the Pan-London Homeless Hotel Drug & Alcohol Support Service (HDAS)
Three qualitative reports from KCL reporting on the “Experiences Of Being Housed In A London Hotel As Part Of The ‘Everyone In’ Initiative”

Interviewed by Dr. Anya Borissova

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Meet the host:

  • Dr Anya Borissova

    Anya is an academic clinical fellow training in psychiatry at SlaM. Anya is passionate about making it easier for everyone to access the latest in psychiatric research.

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    Meet the panel

    • Dr Alexander Curmi

      Aside from general adult psychiatry, Alex has special interests in psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation and medical education.

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    • Dr Rebecca Wilkinson

      Rebecca is a core trainee psychiatrist in the South London and Maudsley NHS trust.

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