Biography

Gill is a Registered General Nurse specialising in the complex and challenging field of substance misuse - harm reduction and the treatment of dependency. Her widespread experience spans 22 years in community-based residential and prison settings; also including some international work.

Gill has a broad scope of skills being a competent clinical and counselling practitioner, as well as a successful, well-regarded and pro-active manager with over 10 years in senior management roles. Equally, Gill has extensive experience of work within the HIV and sexual health sector; in that, a robust knowledge re: blood-borne viruses, sexually transmitted infections and TB - (co-infection, transmission, screening, diagnosis and treatment), and the related psycho-social interventions.

Gill has worked for many of the main UK providers: Addaction, Turning Point and Cranstoun Drug Services - (at Holloway Prison), plus Powys Drugs & Alcohol Centres and the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT). Since 1994, Gill has been instrumental in developing and leading new, innovative services. Since 2004, she has worked as an independent consultant and trainer, engaged in various work: crisis management and project development; service reviews, audits, policy and protocol design, fund-raising, feasibility studies, service user consultations, and a range of training; commissioned by different (multi-disciplinary/multi-agency) providers.

Gill is a current member of the Healthcare Inspectorate of Wales (HIW) Substance Misuse Peer Review Team and also, the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Evaluation Team. During October 2010, she assisted in the evaluation of a MSF Prison TB Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic, having responsibility for the pre and post-release, medico-social components to address treatment uptake and adherence.

Gill has undertaken work for the Conference Consortium coordinating the medical and healthcare services for the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) Conferences, since 2009 in Bangkok, Liverpool and Beirut. Gill also provides technical advice and management support to Dristi Nepal, on a voluntary basis.

Gill is committed to evidence-based practice; responsive harm reduction initiatives; progressive prescribing treatment; excellent clinical governance, and universal access to HIV and viral hepatitis treatment; coupled with comprehensive care and integrated service delivery. She aims to challenge stigma and discrimination, whilst promoting diversity and respect, alongside the principles of equality of opportunity and individual empowerment.

Gill has a particular interest in global public health; blood-borne virus infection and co-morbidities; women's health, sexuality, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation; human trafficking; child abuse and mental health, plus other issues in relation to poverty and international development. As such, she has worked with many vulnerable people and "at risk" populations from diverse backgrounds and having different needs.

Gill is presently an International Advisory Board Member of Dristi Nepal. She is a general member of both INPUD and IHRA and an associate member of the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium (UK) and the Conference Consortium. Gill is a previous Director / Trustee of Transform Drug Policy Foundation (1999-2003) and the UK Harm Reduction Alliance (UKHRA, 2000-2004), and was also an active member of Action on Hepatitis C and the Nursing Council on Alcohol.

Gill would like the opportunity to undertake further international work and is also interested in short-term contracts in the UK.

All contents © Gill Bradbury, 2011.
Photo of Gill Bradbury courtesy of Drink and Drug News (DDN).



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