Drugs deaths: National Drugs Mission Clinical Advisory Group


The national mission was established to reduce drug related deaths and harms. Central to that mission is taking action based on what we know works to reduce harm, promote recovery, and improve and save lives.

The Clinical Advisory Group, co-chaired by John Harden, the Deputy National Clinical Director, and Marion Bain, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, was established in April 2023. It will meet quarterly as a reference group to provide clinical expertise to wider National Mission groups. 

Related groups


  • Adrian MacKenzie, MAT Standards Clinical Lead, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Catherine Totten, AHP Professional Advisor Mental Health, Scottish Government
  • Chanpreet Blayney, Consultant Psychiatrist at Health Improvement Scotland
  • Darren Fullarton, Associate Nurse Director at NHS Ayrshire and Arran and is the Lead Nurse with North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Dr John-Paul Loughrey, Consultant Emergency Medicine and Vice President, RCEM
  • Dr Ryan McHenry, Clinical Research Fellow and Registrar in Emergency, Pre-Hospital and Retrieval Medicine
  • Duncan Hill, Specialist Pharmacists in Substance Misuse
  • Duncan McCormick, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at Public Health Scotland
  • Gabrielle Epstein, Head of Clinical Interventions and Research at Phoenix Futures
  • Dr Hazel Torrance, Head of Forensic Toxicology
  • Dr Isabel Traynor, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Head of NHS Fife Addictions Psychological Therapies Service (APTS) and Lead Psychologists in Addiction Services Scotland (LPASS) representative 
  • Julie McAdam, Lead Pathologist, University of Glasgow
  • Kirsty Nelson, Parish Nurse, Queen's Nurse
  • Mandy Ramsay, Head of Clinical and Care Governance/Registered Nurse Mental Health and Registered Nurse Adult at Turning Point Scotland
  • Mark Richards, Associate Chief Nursing Officer and Executive Nurse Director in the NHS
  • Professor David Lowe, Clinical Director Health Innovation (Scot Gov) and Consultant Emergency Medicine NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Professor Roy Robertson, Professor of Addiction Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and Retired General Practitioner
  • Saket Priyadarshi, Associate Medical Director and Senior Medical Officer, Glasgow Alcohol and Drugs Recovery Services
  • Sarah Donaldson, Specialist Pharmacist in Substance Use
  • Steven Short, Programme Lead, Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
  • Susanna Galea-Singer, Clinical Lead and Consultant Psychiatrist/Chair of the Education Committee/Co-Chair Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry
  • Tara Shivaji, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at Public Health Scotland
  • Tracey Clusker, Nurse Consultant at Public Health Scotland
  • Dr Trina Ritchie, Lead Clinician, Greater Glasgow and Clyde Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services


Drugs deaths - National Drugs Mission Clinical Advisory Group: terms of reference

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