Frank Reilly

Strategic Lead - West of Scotland
Frank has spent his entire career dedicated to the support and improvement of services to people suffering with addiction.

Frank Reilly is Strategic Lead of Simon Community Scotland. An early graduate of Paisley College’s Diploma in Alcohol Studies, he began his early career in supported accommodation for those returning from residential rehab in the third sector which created a local authority addiction team in the Hamilton/East Kilbride area. From there he moved to the NHS to develop mental health telephone resources. This led to designing innovative services for Ayrshire and Arran, alongside short stints with the Scottish Executive Junior Doctor Hours monitoring team.Latterly he worked in the State Hospital in administrative posts before being seconded to Strathclyde University as research and onto teaching fellow. From there he became Director for Scottish Recovery Network in 2015 and then conducted systems transformation work on mental health for Barnardos in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England where he contributed to the mental health support of children, families along with remote and frontline teams during the first lockdown. He is currently in the last few months of a PhD examining relational co production in high, medium and low secure settings in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Furthermore he is a Member of the Disability and Carer Expert Advisory Group to the team developing the Scottish Welfare System.

Frank’s SRN post gave him the first real opportunity to consider his own experience of anxiety and depression as an asset both to himself and to others. As a consequence, he strongly advocates for peer led services and recognition of the mental health distress that professionals experience as assets, not deficits.

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