Martin Smith
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Martin Smith

RMN, ENB998, PG Teaching in Higher Education, PG Dual Diagnosis

Martin has a back ground of 30 years in mental Health Practice, the last 20 of these have been in CAMHS working in various therapeutic Milieus 3 Youth Offending Services, Early Intervention Service and a Child and Family Consultation Services. Currently He works with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust which involves clinical practice in A Young Peoples Substance Misuse Team and a seperate Multi Agency Liaison Team Which encompasses interface work between CAMHS, Social Services, Youth Justice and adult mental health services.

Martin Teaches 2 days a week at the Middlesex university on pre registered and post registered programmes for both Nurses and Social workers. He is a Module Lead for the Child and Adolescent Family Mental Health advanced diploma and Post Graduate programmes - and developed and setup the Adolescent component of the programme. Reflective practice linked to professionalism is featured strongly in Martin's clinical practice and this is disseminated in to his teaching practice. The approach adds an extra dimension to linking theory to practice.

The work Martin has undertaken in the last several years in Youth justice more recently in adolescent substance misuse services has enabled him to build an expertise in relation to young people's mental health and substance misuse and the further complexities in relation to Risk , safe guarding and impact of parental substance misuse on children and young people. Family work / therapy is integral to his practice.

As part of his own Clinical development he is undertaking an MSC in Mental Health studies - commencing research which explores the relationship of more severe type substance misuse problems for young people in relationship to Autistic spectrum disorders. He is also currently writing a chapter for book exploring linkage between PTSD , Personality Disorder and addiction to trauma(as victims or perpetrators).

Martin has been involved in a piece of work with the Royal college of Paediatrics which sets out the standards for care being offered to children and Young people in Emergency departments being published in April 2012 (Red book). Importantly, for the first time the document addresses Standards for practice for Mental Health and substance misuse for young people and the need for training for staff to be able to screen for these problems and recognise the issues being integral to safe guarding and risk to self and others.

He is a member of the Middlesex Drug Alcohol Research Centre at the Middlesex University set up to develop strong cross-School multi-disciplinary hub. - Linking high quality research with teaching and to foster links between research, policy and practice. Encouraging the dissemination of research and provide critical assessment of the evidence base for policy and practice. To support publication in peer reviewed journals and in other relevant formats.

In his spare time he enjoys Salsa, anything from the Buddha bar collection of CDs, time at his parents farm in kiltimagh Ireland and a good super hero movie or Science fiction especially Blade Runner.

Member Details

Martin Smith

Tavistock NHS Foundation Trust

CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health) Nurse Consultant / Senior Lecturer Middlesex University



United Kingdom

0208 411 6738


North London

Progress - National Consortium of Consultant Nurses in Dual Diagnosis & Substance Use