Substance Use Nurse, Homeless Primary Care Team, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
Sue McCutcheon is an advanced nurse practitioner who has worked in the substance use field for around 25 years. Sue currently works as a substance use nurse with the Homeless Primary Care Team in Birmingham, UK, attending to the health needs of homeless substance users – she has worked within this team for the past 16 years. As part of this role, she works as the advanced nurse practitioner with the Birmingham Street Intervention Team, working directly on the street for four hours per day addressing the often complex health concerns of rough sleepers, many of whom experience problematic substance use. Prior to her work in the substance use field, Sue worked as a nurse in an Accident and Emergency department in a busy city centre hospital.
Sue has been involved in setting up an award winning ‘take home naloxone’ programme for homeless individuals in Birmingham over the past five years. She has also set up resuscitation training sessions for homeless individuals. She is a member of the Birmingham Harm Reduction Group, the Birmingham Drug Related Death Inquiry Group and the Naloxone Action Group for England.