58. The Black Review with Dame Carol Black


Who is Dame Carol Black? 

Professor Dame Carol Black studied history at Bristol University, then worked as a schoolteacher, however, in 1965 Black enrolled as a mature student to study medicine which she graduated from at the age of 30.

During her career she’s been an advisor for the government on issues such as the relationship between work and health. She’d issue reports regarding sick leaves due to physical and mental health, including drug addictions.

In 2019 Professor Dame Carol Black was appointed to lead a major 2-part review that looked into the relationship between drugs and violence but also treatment, recovery and prevention of drug addictions.

Listen to this week’s episode to hear the perspective of a dedicated physician but also a government advisor on the approach to both treatment and social implications of drug addictions.


Cicely Saunders


Royal College of Physicians

Newnham College

Review of drugs: phase two report


Individual placement and support

Sajid Javid

Matt Hancock

National Treatment Agency of Substance Misuse (NTA)