Dr. Steve Brinksman joins Swanswell as Medical Director

02 March 2016

Swanswell, a national alcohol and drugs recovery charity, has announced the appointment of Dr. Steve Brinksman as the charity’s new Medical Director.

Dr. Brinksman has over 25 years of experience as a GP and has worked with drug and alcohol users throughout his career. He’s the clinical lead for the Substance Misuse Management in Group Practice network (SMMGP), a member of the NICE Quality Standards in Substance Misuse Group and is part of the Novel Psychoactive Substances Network.

Steve is a regular contributor to Drink and Drugs News, the sector’s leading publication, with his column ‘Post-its from Practice’ and has worked in adult and young person’s community drug teams. He helped to develop the Neptune Guidance on legal highs and shaped Birmingham’s successful primary care based drug treatment model – a model Swanswell was also instrumental in developing.

Dr. Brinksman has been a member of the Roles and Responsibilities of Doctors and Working with Substance Misusers Group and the new Non-Medical Prescribers Guidelines Group.

Commenting on his appointment as Medical Director Dr. Brinksman said; ‘I’m very impressed by Swanswell’s commitment to providing excellent services and I’m excited about joining such an enthusiastic and hard working team. I’m looking forward to playing my part in helping Swanswell to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug misuse within a generation.’

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell's Chief Executive, said; ‘I’m delighted that Steve’s joined the team. His knowledge and experience will help to ensure Swanswell’s clinical governance continues to exceed best practice standards and meet the expectations of our service users and commissioners. He’ll complement the hugely talented team we have here at Swanswell who are committed to helping people to change and be happy.’

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