Edward Day BA, BM, BCh, DM, MRCPsych

UK recovery champion
Ambitions for recovery

Edward Day was this year appointed as the government’s Drug Recovery Champion to ensure the best treatment and support for people recovering from drug misuse. He will seek to address the stigma faced by people with drug or alcohol issues when it comes to finding work and securing housing. He will also act as a ministerial envoy, visiting communities, treatment providers and local recovery champions. He will update the Drug Strategy Board on progress on the delivery plan, as well as recommendations for improvements in services that promote recovery. 
Before this appointment, Ed was senior lecturer at the National Addiction Centre and consultant in Addiction Psychiatry with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust. Ed has an interest in developing evidence-based psychosocial interventions in drug treatment services. He worked with colleagues from the University of Birmingham (Professor Jim Orford and Professor Alex Copello) to train drug treatment staff in the delivery of Social Behaviour and Network Therapy and evaluated the impact in routine clinical practice. The barriers preventing treatment staff from promoting mutual self-help groups such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous to patients have become a focus of Ed’s research. From this came an interest in drug-using careers and methods used to reach abstinence and recovery. More recently he has explored methods of linking clients of professional treatment services to mutual self-help recovery communities.  
Ed is vice president of the Society for the Study of Addiction, and was academic secretary of the Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has been a member of a number of expert working groups to develop national clinical guidance in the field including the 2007 UK Guidelines on Clinical Management of Drug Misuse and Dependence (‘the Orange Book’) and the 2012 Medications in Recovery report. He was also been part of the working group that developed the NICE Guideline on Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of Harmful Drinking and Alcohol Dependence. He is a trustee of Action on Addiction and Changes UK. Ed has taught both mental health and addictions topics undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In 2008 he set up an MSc programme in the Treatment of Substance Misuse at the University of Birmingham, and has been the External Examiner and Chair of the Exam Board for the MSc in Addiction Studies at King’s. He was deputy Senior Tutor for Welfare in the Birmingham Medical School for 3 years, and still teaches on the MBChB and Graduate Entry courses. Ed set up the Addictions Training Academy in 2009 as a vehicle for delivering multidisciplinary training, focusing on innovative interventions developed in his clinical team. Working with the Institute of Behavioral Research in Texas, he developed clinical manuals utilising node-link mapping intervention for treatment services.