Emma develops and facilitates training in a range of areas including bacterial infection and drug use as well as needle exchange training. She also coordinates and chairs the Scottish Needle Exchange Workers Forum. Emma has been involved in 2 outbreaks of bacterial infections amongst people who use drugs since joining the SDF. This has involved attending the Incident Management Teams developed to respond to the outbreaks, developing staff and service user resources and offering briefings regarding different bacteria.
Emma previously worked with Turning Point Scotland as a development manager, developing Homeless and Housing First services in the west of Scotland, supporting individuals in active addiction and at various points in their recovery journey. She was part of the team that developed the Housing First service initially in Glasgow and then in other areas in the west of Scotland. Housing First is a housing led approach to homelessness whereby a person receives permanent tenancy regardless of their use of drugs. She has also worked with Phoenix Futures in HMP Barlinnie as an Enhanced Addiction Caseworker, providing addiction support to individuals whilst in custody and delivering the national harm reduction group work to men as they entered prison or before they were released.