About Us

Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership (EADP) oversees the development and implementation of an alcohol and drug strategy for the city.  It is a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Police Scotland, Capital City Partnership, the third sector and service users.  It is the forum where these organisations work together to make Edinburgh a city which has a healthy attitude towards drinking and where recovery from problem alcohol or drug use is a reality.  ​EADP works to ensure that the best, most effective responses to alcohol and drug problems are delivered in a seamless and cost effective way.

The EADP strategy has three high level outcomes:

  1. reduce the damage caused by alcohol and drugs to individuals, families and communities
  2. make communities affected by alcohol and drug use safer
  3. increase the number of people who move into sustained recovery

EADP has responsibility for investing over £18 million to support the delivery of the strategy.  Investment is primarily used to ensure that people can access treatment for their problems and move into recovery.

The partnership plans joint responses to alcohol and drug issues through the following groups:

  • EADP Executive – a senior officer group responsible for overseeing the implementation of the EADP strategy.
  • EADP Joint Commissioning Group – responsible for investing in and monitoring the delivery of treatment and recovery services for Adults.
  • EADP Children and Young People’s Subgroup / Network – responsible for developing joined up approach to the delivery of education and preventions initiatives to young people and their families.
  • EADP Treatment and Recovery Group – responsible for the joined up approach to supporting people to access treatment and move into recovery.
  • short term task groups looking at specific issues such as campaigns, service re-design and new approaches.


EADP has a group of dedicated staff working on strategy, research and communications. They are:

  • Nick Smith, Joint Programme Manager
  • David Williams, EADP Commissioning Manager
  • Vacancy, Research and Evaluation
  • ​​Judith Shepherd, Business Officer
  • Jeanette Shiells, Office Administrator