Workforce Development: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

Past event

Friday April 29th, 2016

Keynote speaker: Professor Ann Roche, Director National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Australia.

The conference addressed a number of salient issues including: the increasing professionalisation of the work force in the substance use field; what is meant by work force development (e.g. capacity, capability, skills); the need to consider the individual worker, the organisation and the wider treatment system; worker welfare and issues such as ‘burn out’; the political, economic and social influences on work force development; ‘where we have been, where we are, and where we are going’.

Download the Full Programme for the Workforce Development conference here (PDF)


Two key note speakers discussed the challenges and national level responses:

  • Keynote speaker – Prof. Ann Roche:  Identifying & overcoming the complexities and conundrum of workforce development | Download PDF
  • Keynote speaker – George Burton: What’s this thing called workforce development? A Scottish perspective | Download PDF

Four paper then discussed: The Changing face of the ‘addiction workforce’:

  • Dr Kosta Agath: Addiction specialist doctors: An endangered species | Download PDF
  • Prof. Sarah Galvani: Swimming against the tide? Social work & substance use | Download PDF
  • Dr Christopher Whiteley: The contribution of applied psychologists to recovery oriented substance misuse treatment systems | Download PDF
  • Dr Carmel Clancy & Mike Flanagan: Addiction nursing: a case for safeguarding? | Download PDF

Read the article: “Workforce Development: False Economies”, DDN Drink and Drug News, May 2016

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