Nicola Speers

Speciality Doctor in Addictions Psychiatry

Contact: nicola.speers@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Biography

My name is Nicola Speers and I am a speciality doctor in addictions psychiatry in Belfast. I have been serving opiate dependant patients as part of the multidisciplinary team in the Substitute Prescribing Team in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust for the last 2 years. Prior to this I was a GP trainee in Belfast.

Our service saw a significant fall in face to face patient contact during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This audit sought to assess the impact this had on our performance in achieving blood virus testing and hepatitis B vaccination for both new and existing patients and to take the opportunity to address this when face to face services resumed.