A senior nurse from Royal Surrey County Hospital has been asked to join a national committee helping to shape services for mental health and substance misuse.

Anthony Gartland, the Trust’s Lead Nurse for Alcohol Liaison, has been asked to join the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Network.

The network, which is to hold its inaugural meeting in the House of Lords, is championed by Lord Bird, who is the director of The Big Issue Group and Founder of The Big Issue Foundation.

The network, made up of academics, mental health professionals, patients, police officers, magistrates other key agencies, has been tasked with helping to influence national policy and feeding into Government reviews.

It will also act as a forum to exchange and share knowledge and information.

Anthony has over 26 years in mental health and substance misuse nursing and joined the Trust in 2014 to establish and run the Alcohol Liaison Service.

He said: “I am honoured to have been asked to join this committee and to have the opportunity to help drive policy change on a national level for both mental health and substance misuse.”

Chief Nurse, Jo Embleton, said: “Anthony is a fantastic and incredibly knowledgeable nurse, who is passionate about treating patients with both mental health and substance misuse issues.

“This achievement is testament to his on-going hard work and commitment.”

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