About the authors

Vellingiri Raja Badrakalimuthu, MBBS, MRCPsych

Dr Badrakalimuthu

Specialty Registrar & Clinical Leadership Fellow, Beechcroft, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge.


Dr Badrakalimuthu is a specialty registrar in old age psychiatry and has a special interest in neuroscience. He has conducted and published a project on hepatitis C and substance misuse. He has been PBL tutor for medical students at University of East Anglia and is involved in medical student teaching in University of Cambridge. He has a masters in neuroscience from King’s College London and a PG Diploma in Medical education and Leadership from the University of Bedfordshire.


Declaration of interests: None




Daphne Rumball, MB, ChB, FRCPsych

Dr Daphne RumballConsultant in Addictions Psychiatry, Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust, and Norfolk Community Alcohol and Drugs Service (NORCAS). Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, Norwich.


Trustee, The Society for the Study of Addictions. External Examiner, Leeds Addiction Unit, Leeds University


Dr Rumball was founder consultant to the addictions services in Norfolk. She has led their development since 1986 and continues in a clinical and teaching role within the well-developed, integrated alcohol and drugs service.


Dr Rumball's interests include the physical health of service users and the development of services to adolescents and to older people. She is actively involved in research in aspects of service delivery and has published papers and co-authored a book and book chapters in the addictions field.


Email: daphne.rumball@btinternet.com

Declaration of interests: None

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