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about the nhs apa

About Us

About us

We believe that, as a group of NHS Providers from across the UK, we will be more effective in positively contributing to the addictions treatment and support sector than as individuals. 

We work collaboratively with service users, carers and other organisations who are committed to making a positive difference to the ongoing development of the addictions field, including within drug, alcohol, gambling and gaming treatment and support.


Previously known as the NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance, the remit of the alliance, along with the name, was recently changed to enable us to contribute more broadly to the field of addictions.

The NHS Inpatient Network is a subgroup of the alliance, created to provide a voice and advocacy for the 5 remaining NHS Inpatient Detox Units in England. NHS APA is also developing clinical chambers for Medical Leads across NHS APA Members' services.

Inaugurated in 2016, NHS Addictions Provider Alliance is a membership body with all NHS providers of addictions services across the UK welcome to join us

our team

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Danny Hames

In addition to Chairing NHS APA since its inception in 2016, Danny is Head of Inclusion, part of NHS Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust.  

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Kate Hall
Vice Chair

Kate is Vice Chair of NHS APA and Head of Operations at Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust (GMMH). She operationally leads on all addiction and homelessness services delivered across GMMH.

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Cathy Lovatt
Chair, NHS Inpatient Network

Cathy chairs the NHS Inpatient Network, a subgroup of NHS APA which aims to provide a voice to the 6 remaining NHS Inpatient Detox Units in England. Cathy is also a Service Manager and Registered Mental Health Nurse at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust (GMMH).

Candie Lincoln
Project Manager

Candie manages the development and delivery of NHS APA's, programmes, projects and campaigns. Candie is also Development officer at Inclusion, part of NHS Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust. 

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