As part of my system’s change Basecamp course with School of System Change at Forum for the Future I promised myself I’d capture in a journal insights about leadership and systems that struck me whilst staring out of the window rather then let them slip back into the depths of…


The second part of the Black Review could be a landmark moment in our field’s history. There are some encouraging signs in the Government’s response. We must now all work together to make it stick.

In February 2019, then Home Secretary Sajid Javid appointed Dame Carol Black to conduct an…


Two recent articles (“Commissioning of addiction services by councils has failed”, Health Services Journal (HSJ), 8.6.21 and “Addiction treatment harder to get since councils took over, says Tory MP”, The Guardian, 10.6.21) …


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The effects of the era of austerity on local government commissioned drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services have been well documented by Collective Voice and others. But ours is not a straight-forward system. …


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Following the disappointments of last year’s Spending Review, today’s announcement of £80 million funding for drug treatment is to be welcomed. Year-on-year rises in drug related deaths since 2012 surely constitute a crisis and the stresses of Covid-19 have only exacerbated challenges to our treatment and recovery system.

The announcement…


Expert Citizens (EC) is an organisation powered by lived experience and with a mission of improving support — as well as the wider debate — around multiple disadvantage.

After being involved for more than three years I am stepping down from the chair-ship — and EC is therefore looking for…


The Office for National Statistics has published the latest England and Wales statistics on drug-related deaths for 2019. Yet again they reveal an appalling picture of human loss and suffering with a now familiar trend of primarily middle-aged men in our poorest areas dying.

4,393 people were recorded as dying…

Oliver Standing

Wandering around the system tapping my compass.

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