I was a Higher Education lecturer for 18 years, teaching Harm Reduction and Hidden Harm on a Foundation Degree in Substance Use. Prior to this, I worked as an Addiction Counsellor within a residential treatment facility where I did individual, family and groupwork. I am a qualified Social Worker, initially working in rehabilitative mental health in a community-based residential facility. I am a PhD researcher (year 2) at Ulster University. My research is entitled “Harm Reduction Interventions to improve the health-related quality of life of people with long-term alcohol dependence”. My work takes a harm reduction approach to understanding models of care in long-term alcohol dependence. It aims to influence policy and practice to support alcohol harm reduction as a central pillar of policy approaches and service provision. My PhD is supervised by Dr. Lynn Dunwoody, Dr. Julie Harris (UU), Dr. Gillian Shorter (QUB), Dr. Hannah Carver (Stirling).