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Dr Emily Finch (Council)

Dr Emily Finch

Chair, Addictions Faculty

Dr Finch is Clinical Director for Addictions at the South London and Maudsley Trust. She currently works alcohol users who are frequent hospital attenders as well some addictions liaison work. Through her career she has worked with a range of substance users in different clinical settings.  

She was a member of the group revising the 2007 and 2017 Drug misuse and dependence: guidelines on clinical management. She is currently on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and has written guidance on homelessness and substance use, cocaine and take-home naloxone. Emily has been a member of the Addictions Executive for many years most recently as the deputy chair and lead for comms.  She is a co-chair of the London Joint Working Group on Hepatitis C and vice – chair of the NHS addictions provider alliance.

She chaired the NICE drug treatment quality standards in drug misuse disorders topic expert group in 2012 and was a member of the safer prescribing guidelines group in 2021. From 2004 to 2007 Emily was the Clinical Team Leader at the National Treatment Agency (NTA) where she took a lead in the clinical aspects of national drug policy and in liaising between the NTA and the professionals working in the field.

Emily teaches and lectures, on all aspects of addiction.  She is an educational and clinical supervisor for psychiatric trainees. Research interests include drug using parents. Emily is a Trustee of Alcohol Change UK and Gamcare. 

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