Former opioid painkiller addict, founder and director of PAIN
Cathryn is the author of Painkiller Addict: From Wreckage To Redemption, which won the Big Red Read Prize for Non Fiction in 2013. Kemp writes and speaks about addiction to prescribed and OTC opioid painkillers, and has featured across the national and international press.
Wendy’s career has spanned 25 years working with patients, clinicians, commissioners and policy makers that have enabled her to develop the skills required to work in different environments and sectors. She has worked in a front line clinical role to managing a national public health campaign in the voluntary sector, which then led me to work in the pharmaceutical industry gaining skills in market access, patient advocacy and health policy.
For 9 year she was the patient representative on the Bexley PCT Board ensuring that the local residence opinions were represented at a strategic level in the organisation. She chaired the pathfinder ‘Patients Forums’ brining together local people in the borough to review the health services locally and partner with the NHS to guide improvements.
Dr Yasir Abbasi
Divisional Lead Consultant for Addictions Services & Honorary Senior Lecturer
Dr. Yasir Abbasi is recognised by the General Medical Council as a dual specialist in General Adult and Substance Misuse Psychiatry. He has trained in a variety of settings which inlcude acute inpatient wards, community based teams and secure forensic units. His academic qualifications include a Post Graduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of Nottingham and a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Research (PG Cert) from the University of Leeds. After passing his exams he became a member of The Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych), London in 2007.
Currently, Dr. Abbasi holds a consultant post in the National Health Service (NHS) in Addictions psychiatry at Mersey Care NHS Trust. Dr Abbasi has considerable expertise in treating moderate to severe mental illnesses and addictions; including alcohol, opiates (heroin), cocaine, club drugs, prescription medication and stimulant dependence. He has had training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well. He was a member of the Addictions to Medicine Task Force at Public Health England set up at the Yorkshire and Humber region and was also the winner of the “Doctor of the Year” award at Leeds for setting up a pilot prescription drug addiction clinic in 2013.
Dr Abbasi is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Liverpool and in addition to teaching medical students, junior doctors & nurses, he has published widely ranging from peer reviewed journals to BMA newsletters and daily newspapers. His current research interests are dependence on prescribed medications and also dual diagnosis.
Specialties: General Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry
Richard Jones is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience of performing senior management roles within the financial services industry in both the UK and overseas. Expert in establishing superior control environments to ensure that complex regulated businesses meet their statutory and market obligations to produce best in class reports whilst safeguarding assets. Previous roles have included senior finance positions at EY, 3i Plc, CME Group and Aviva, as well as operating at Board level and on Audit Committees for regulated Companies to ensure best practice at all times.