Nigel Radcliffe has been involved in substance misuse in different capacities for most of his adult life. Following his own experiences of treatment and ongoing recovery, Nigel trained as a social worker in 1980 and spent several years in local authority social work. He first began in the drug and alcohol field as the social worker at the Southend Drug & Alcohol Advisory Service, which in 1985 was one of the new local multi-disciplinary services offering help to chronic drug users. Essentially this was the first drug prescribing service outside London which offered methadone maintenance and pioneered these services in the provinces. Nigel stayed with this service for four years before returning to manage a child protection team in Essex for two years.
In 1993 he went to London Transport to manage and develop their unique and wide-ranging drug and alcohol programme. This company, now Transport for London, now have their own in-house assessment and treatment services which are immensely and uniquely successful and which now by common consent provide a service unparalleled anywhere in Europe. The service deals with over one hundred employees each year and Nigel Radcliffe is responsible for critical decisions about returning employees to work after treatment. These vital decisions are similar to decisions that professionals need to make about whether or not to return children to parents who have had drug or alcohol problems.
Since 1995 Nigel has offered, through himself and his small number of highly-qualified associates, assessments, training and consultancies to various bodies. Until recently these facilities have been available only in Essex, East London and Hertfordshire but the training of a number of associates will enable the service to be offered much more widely.
In September 2012, Nigel retired after 20 years of running what is provably Europe’s most successful addiction treatment service at TFL.