National Clinical Advisor (x3) for Reducing Drug Deaths Open Innovation Challenge (remote)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be involved in The Reducing Drug Deaths Open Innovation National Catalyst Challenge.

The challenge is funded by the UK Government Office for Life Science (OLS) and the Scottish Government Scottish Health Industry Partnership (SHIP). It aims to support the development of disruptive innovative solutions that focus on detecting, responding and intervening to early acute risk of non-fatal and fatal drug overdose. The challenge ambition is to support pre-commercial experimental development, feasibility testing and evidence gathering which will support approval and commercial procurement of successful innovations across the UKs health systems.

This UK wide Open Innovation Challenge is managed on behalf of OLS and SHIP by NHS Fife, a member Board of Health Innovation South East Scotland (HISES).

SBRI Innovation competition on drug overdose detection, response and intervention

These posts will provide clinical advice and support for projects successfully awarded contracts under the Reducing Drug Deaths Open Innovation National Catalyst Challenge. They will be involved in working in collaboration with clinical teams, industry, academia, and NHS representatives from the U.K. devolved nations to support the innovative projects awarded as part of the Reducing Drug Deaths Open Innovation National Catalyst Challenge.

We are seeking applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds with substantive experience of Substance Misuse / Alcohol and Drug / Addiction Services, including Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists, Consultants, third sector and those from acute services, community care and primary care. Applications are encouraged from those from Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (or U.K. equivalent), charities and third sector, and private treatment organisations.

Projects will run across all 4 U.K. nations, and the post holder will be expected to support projects across the U.K. therefore applicants from all U.K. nations are strongly encouraged.


Informal enquiries to:

Professor Alex Baldacchino, Professor of Addictions, University of St Andrews


Carrie Thomson, Programme Lead, Scottish Health and Industry Partnership (SHIP), Scottish Government


Professor Frances Quirk, Assistant Director, Research, Innovation and Knowledge (RIK), NHS Fife


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