1) Assessing the impact of minimum unit pricing on homeless and street drinkers: a qualitative study. (2019-2021)

Funder: Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office (CSO)

Collaborators: Co PIs Prof Lawrie Elliott & Prof Carol Emslie (GCU). CIs Dr Elena Dimova (GCU), Prof Sarah Johnsen (Heriot Watt University), Prof Anne Whittaker (University of Stirling), Prof Tim Stockwell (Uni of Victoria, Canada), Dr Iain Smith (NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde), Robert Rush. Partners Homeless Network Scotland.  Lead researcher: Dr Martin Whiteford

AIM: To assess the impact and experiences of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) among homeless drinkers and street drinkers, and implications for those providing services to these groups using qualitative research.

  1. How does MUP affect the health of homeless and street drinkers including their mental health, physical health, and alcohol and drug use?
  2. What, if any, are the social, financial and legal consequences of MUP for homeless and street drinkers?
  3. How are health and social services for homeless and street drinkers affected by MUP?


2) An implementation science evaluation of Scotland's first heroin assisted treatment.(2020 –2022)

Funder: Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office (CSO)

Collaborators: PI Dr Andrew McAuley (Glasgow Caledonian University), Dr Mathew Smith (Glasgow Caledonian University), Professor Lawrie Elliott (Glasgow Caledonian University), Professor Paul Flowers (University of Glasgow), Professor Sir John Strang (Kings College London), Professor Joanne Neale (Kings College London), Dr Saket Priyadarshi (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde), Professor Sharon Hutchinson (Glasgow Caledonian University).

SUMMARY: Heroin assisted treatment (HAT) is the provision of prescribed heroin under medical supervision. Clinical trials have shown that HAT is effective in reducing illicit drug use, criminal activity, and improving the health and wellbeing of patients who have not responded well to traditional treatments such as opioid pharmacotherapy (OPT), for example, methadone. Little is known about how best to implement HAT in the real world, out with a clinical trial setting. Furthermore, no HAT services currently exist in Scotland or the UK, despite being recommended in clinical guidelines. We will conduct a mixed methods study to understand the barriers and facilitators to implementing Scotland’s first HAT service, exploring the views and experiences of service users and providers, and other key stakeholders. These findings will be used, along with expert views gathered from those delivering HAT services in other countries, to develop a service manual that will guide the establishment, development and maintenance of HAT services across the UK and beyond.


3) How can we improve alcohol services for LGBT+ people in Scotland?: A qualitative study. (2019-2020)

Funder: Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems 

Collaborators: Prof Carol Emslie (PI), Dr Elena Dimova (CI), Dr Jamie Frankis (CI) & Prof Lawrie Elliott (CI)

AIM Through qualitative interviews, our study will explore the experiences of LGBT+ people who have used alcohol services in Scotland and the views and experiences of alcohol and health service providers, to identify facilitators and barriers to improving alcohol services for LGBT+ people.


4) Change in alcohol and tobacco availability, population health and lived experience. (2020-2023)

Funder: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)- £761, 470 

Collaborators: PI: Prof Niamh Shortt (Uni of Edinburgh), with CIs Prof Jamie Pearce & Dr Tom Clemens (Uni of Edinburgh), Prof Carol Emslie (GCU) and Prof Richard Mitchell (MRC SPHSU, University of Glasgow)

More information here https://cresh.org.uk/2019/08/27/new-esrc-funded-study-on-tobacco-and-alcohol/


5) Drink wise age well: quasi-experimental study of a public health intervention for alcohol use among those who 50 years and over.  (2015-2019)

Funder: Big Lottery 

Collaborators: Sarah Wadd (PI), Lawrie Elliott (GCU), Lolo Madoc-Jones, Michael Donnelly


6) Improving outcomes for children and families affected by paternal substance use: a feasibility study of the parents under pressure (PUP) programme with a focus on fathers. (2017-2019)

Funder: National Institute for Health Research (£319, 475)

Collaborators: Anne Whittaker (PI), Lawrie Elliott (GCU), Sharron Dawe, Paul Harnett Griffith, Julie Taylor, Charlotte Kirk, Peter Littlewood, Andrew Stoddart


7) TRends and Inequalities in Prescribing for Alcohol Dependence in Scotland (TRIPADS). (2019-2020)

Funder: Alcohol Research UK, (£74,871.00)

Collaborators: Lewsey (Glasgow), N Fitzgerald (Stirling), H Innes (GCU), A McAuley (GCU)


8) Evaluating the Population Impact of Hepatitis C Direct Acting Antiviral Treatment as Prevention for People Who Inject Drugs (EPIToPe). (2018-2022)

Funder: NIHR Programme Grant RP-PG-0616-20008. £2.8 million.

PI and co-investigators: Matt Hickman M (co-PI), Sharon Hutchinson (co-PI), John Dillon, Daniela De Angelis, Lawrie Elliott, Graham Foster, David Goldberg, Natasha Martin, Ann Eriksen, Peter Donnan, Sema Mandal, Peter Vickerman, William Hollingworth, David Liddell, Paul Flowers, Samreen iIjaz, Magdalena Harris. 


9) Understanding the direct and indirect impact of lowering Scotland's drink drive limit. (2017-2018)

Funder: Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (£1,500)

PI and co-investigators: Niamh Fitzgerald (PI), Dr Carol Emslie (GCU), Jim Lewsey


10) Increasing the impact of gender and alcohol research. (2016-2017)

Funder: Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (£1,500)

PI and co-investigators: Carol Emslie (PI), Niamh Fitzgerald and Deborah Shipton


11) Reducing binge drinking among disadvantaged men through a brief intervention delivered by mobile phone: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. (2013-2016)

Funder: NIHR (£845,521)

PI and co-investigators: Ian Crombie (PI), Linda Irvine, Claire Jones, Ian Ricketts, Falko Sniehotta, John Norrie, Gerry Humpris, Josie Evans, Peter Rice, Brian Williams, Carol Emslie (GCU).


Further information:

Dr Carol EmslieEmail: Carol.Emslie@gcu.ac.uk

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