Professor John Strang
MBBS, FRCPsych, MD
Head of Department
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Professor John Strang is Head of the Addictions Department at King’s College London and is also Leader of the Addictions Clinical Academic Group of the Kings Health Partners AHSC (Academic Health Science Centre). Hehas been a Consultant Psychiatrist in addictions treatment for over 30 years at the Trust. He has extensive experience as a Lead Clinician in charge of a wide range of treatments in community and residential settings.
Other roles include:
Since 1995: Professor in the Psychiatry of Addictions and Director of the National Addictions Centre at King’s College London
1997-2010 Clinical Director for smoking cessation services at the Trust
1994-2010 Clinical Director for alcohol services at the Trust
1989-2010 Clinical Director for national and local drug services at the Trust
Since 1986: Consultant Psychiatrist in Drug Dependence at the Maudsley and Bethlem (later SLaM NHS Foundation Trust), and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist since 1995
1992-1995: Getty Senior Lecturer in Addictions and Deputy Director at the Addiction Research Unit, National Addiction Centre, London
1982-1986: Consultant Psychiatrist in Drug Dependence for the Salford, Central Manchester and South Manchester areas
2006-8 Chaired DH/NTA Working Group preparing new expanded form of UK ‘Orange Guidelines’ on the ‘Management of Drug Misuse’
2006-7: Chaired NICE Guideline Development Group, preparing ‘Treatment of Drug Misuse: Psychological and Psychosocial Aspects’
Since 2007 Commissioner of UKDPC (UK Drug Policy Commission).
1986-2002: Consultant Adviser on Drug Dependence to the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health
He has made contributions to the Department of Health, Home Office, Royal College of Psychiatrists, British Medical Association, General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the National Treatment Agency.
Professor Strang completed his undergraduate medical (MBBS) and postgraduate psychiatry studies at Guy’s Hospital. He trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley/Bethlem Royal Hospital between 1976 and 1982. He had held Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist posts in Manchester (1982-1986) and London (1986 onwards). In 1995, he was awarded a thesis-based Higher Degree (MD) at the University of London.
Research interests include: setting up supervised injecting clinics for managing entrenched heroin addicts who cannot otherwise be engaged in treatment; the investigation of new approaches to preventing drug-overdose deaths, involving family members; developing a UK evidence base for contingency management in addiction treatment; and incentive-based interventions to improve treatments to reduce drug use and associated harms.
Over 400 papers. For a full publications listing, visit www.highlycited.com