Addictions Edited: the monthly take-home


Pregnancy and drug use: Full interview with Polly Radcliffe and Emma Smith

Season 1, Ep. 9

In this bonus episode of the Addictions Edited podcast to mark International Women's Day 2022, Dr Polly Radcliffe and Dr Emma Smith discuss research exploring the best way of providing care for women who use drugs during pregnancy and their infants.

The Stepping Stones study brings together researchers from Kings College London, University of Huddersfield, University of Stirling and Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust, and is led by Dr Polly Radcliffe of King’s College, London and Professor Helen Cheyne of the University of Stirling.

Listen to this extended interview with researchers Dr Polly Radcliffe and Dr Emma Smith, a segment of which was played in the February Addictions Edited podcast. Polly and Emma talk about:

  • the creation of an expert advisory and co-production group
  • reviews of clinical guidelines and existing interventions
  • interviews with women who use drugs throughout their pregnancy and post-birth, and focus group and individual interviews with staff who work with women who use drugs in pregnancy

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Supporting people into employment: 'IPS into work' with WDP

Season 1, Ep. 12
Rob talks to WDP about the challenges and rewards of running an IPS employment support programme. In this episode of Addictions Edited, Rob looks at how addiction treatment services can help people to find and keep employment. Recorded on 20 March 2022, Rob met three people who work in WDP’s Individual Placement and Support service (IPS Into Work); Rebecca Odedra, Harj Bansil and Claire Bowey. They each talked about finding jobs, the range of jobs they work with and how they deal with potentially stigmatising views when talking to employers. As well as the challenges, they also talk about how rewarding their work can be when helping people in their recovery. Rebecca discusses how IPS was adapted from mental health settings, how it is evaluated and their experiences of fidelity rating. “You’ve got people who may have been unemployed for 10 sometimes 20 years, so that is a huge step for them and it’s such an achievement and it’s just nice to be a part of that and help people realise their goals” Claire Bowey“What really appealed to me about the IPS model, was that it did not discriminate, it wasn’t someone telling service users that you have to be well to be working, it was very much based on their motivation and then developing the right support around them to foster successful outcomes” Harj BansilUseful links: About IPS: website: Into Work: Into Work Impact Report 2019-2021: