Malcolm Shaw

Malcolm Shaw

Senior Addictions Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse
Diploma Alcohol Counselling and Consultancy, Registered Psychiatric Nurse,​Teaching and Supervision in Clinical Practice ENB998

Malcolm qualified in the early 1980’s as a psychiatric nurse. During this time, he was aware that his area of interest was in the field of addictions allied to mental health (duel diagnosis). After spending some time working in the field of drug misuse in the private sector he returned to the NHS to specialise in alcohol misuse, working in a centre that specialised with the accompanying issues of mental health. His career of 35 plus years has covered working in both the NHS and private sectors.

He has spent part of that time working as forensic nurse in custody suits and prisons with detained persons where alcohol, substance misuse and mental health issues feature highly.  Also he worked for a university providing counselling to students and staff for a variety of concerns. Recently he has been a manager of a team commissioned to implement and develop a new substance misuse service in a general hospital to improve patient care. This encompassed screening, psychological brief interventions, detoxing, medical interventions, advising management, doctors and nurses and supervision and training of staff.

His career path has remained predominantly with people who have had severe issues with alcohol and substances. This has led to many years of experience, working with individuals, couples, families and extensive group work. He has worked closely with commissionaires in setting up new services. Malcolm has also been instrumental in training and supervising colleagues and providing training for external parties. During his career he has undertaken many courses, some of which are; Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Couples and Family Therapy, Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy and CRA.  This has provided him with an overview of many treatments and therapies of use to help in the treatment of clients.

After many years of service mainly in the NHS Malcolm has now taken very active retirement following up those thing which while working were always dreams. Those skills gained over previous years still hold much interest, the passion to see people change still burns very brightly.

Malcolm’s belief is there is no ‘magic wand’ and that ‘recovery’ has to be worked at. There may be no one answer, but it does not have to be complicated. The answers often lay within the individual, it’s just discovering and embracing them. He believes that everyone has the ability to change. It is important to understand what the client brings with them and how they want to change. What barriers and blocks they put in the way of this process but importantly what are their aspirations. Taking personal responsibility, reflection and understanding of the self, making lasting behavioral changes are key, change can be emotionally taxing but the rewards, life changing.