SMMGP May 2020 Newsletter

COVID19: Managing entry and release from prison

FREE webinar, SMMGP and Royal College of Psychiatrists present COVID19: Managing entry and release from prison

Tues, June 2, 4pm - 5pm

This webinar will address the specific issues that COVID-19 is creating for people coming into prison and returning back to the community. It will cover physical health, mental health and substance misuse.  

It will consist of contributions from:

  • Dr Caroline Watson, Lead GP HMP Bedford and RCGP Clinical Champion for Healthcare in Secure Environments  
  • Dr Jake Hard, Chair RCGP Secure Environments Group, Clinical Lead for HJIS and Medical Director for Prisons for CRG Medical Services  
  • Dr Stephen Attard, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, HMP Woodhill, Central and North West London Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Anna Hiley, GPwSi Substance Misuse and Offender Health CEO Inclusion Healthcare and SMMGP Representative.

Watch the webinar

Medical cannabis and pain: a clinician's experience

Weds, June 3, 4pm - 5pm

Presenter: Dr Elizabeth Iveson Consultant Stroke, Elderly and Neurorehabilitation Physician
Chair: Dr Steve Brinksman, Clinical Director, SMMGP

This webinar will cover a range of conditions including real life experience of treating different types of pain and other coexisting symptoms including insomnia, anxiety and spasticity.

Watch this webinar

Medical cannabis and pain: a clinician's experience

Free online recovery support

We are pleased to let you know that the Breaking Free Group have kindly extended their offer to give our members the ability to sign up for free to their evidence-based recovery support programme (for which there is usually a fee).

This could be invaluable for people with drug and alcohol problems who cannot be seen face-to-face at the moment.

More information

Recorded webinars

Buvidal: an introduction to first available prolonged-release buprenorphine in the UK

This webinar provides information regarding treatment selection of prolonged-release formulations including basic pharmacology and issues regarding introducing Buvidal into service provision. 
Watch now.

Buvidal in a range of challenging community scenarios - including a pandemic

This webinar considers clinical issues regarding prolonged-release buprenorphine, including it's use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch now.

Depot buprenorphine in criminal justice settings

This webinar will consider challenges and the opportunities related to prescribing depot buprenorphine in criminal justice settings. Watch now.

Premium membership webinar: children, families and substance misuse

This webinar explored issues for children and families and substance use, with a focus on challenges and solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch now.

Covid19 best practice for managing drug and alcohol problems

This joint RCGP and SMMGP webinar was led by a panel of experts, giving support to GPs and Healthcare Professionals working with patients with drug and alcohol problems. It focussed on the challenges and solutions to providing both drug and alcohol treatment during the pandemic, as well as addressing how the transition to a relaxation on the lockdown might look. Watch now.