Mr Joe Schofield

Research Fellow

Faculty of Social Sciences Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Mr Joe Schofield

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About me

About me

I spent the first 20 years of my career working in voluntary sector and NHS public health roles focussing on blood borne viruses and sexual health in Brighton, London and Glasgow. I completed a secondment to the World Health Organisation's Global Hepatitis Team via the Scottish Government from 2014-2015 where I wrote the "Manual for the Development and Assessment of National Viral Hepatitis Plans" and co-organised the first World Hepatitis Summit.

From 2017-2020 I was National Research Coordinator for the Drugs Research Network for Scotland, based at the University of Stirling, which generated £3.61 million investment in collaborative, cross-agency Scottish drugs research.

In Sep 2020 I successfully completed a Master of Public Health at University of Stirling and am currently studying for an MSc in Applied Statistics (Health Science) at University of Strathclyde.

Since Oct 2020 I have been working as a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Social Science at the University and am involved in a portfolio of studies focussing on understanding and addressing drug-related deaths in Scotland (please click the Research tab for details of these).

Other Academic Activities

Committee member, Emerging Applications Section, Royal Statistical Society.
https://rss.org.uk/
The Emerging Applications Section aims to play a more active and forward-looking role in the Society’s strategic objective of greater understanding of an increasingly complex world. Specifically, the Section will provide a platform for topics that are of emerging importance in the discipline.


Professional Career

Reviewer for Harm Reduction Journal
https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/
Peer reviewer for HRJ since February 2021.


Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society
Membership number 202756

Member of the Society for the Study of Addiction
Membership number 2424


Research (13)

My main research and knowledge exchange activities relate to substance use and addictions; social inequalities; public and patient involvement, and service evaluation.

Projects

Developing an Intervention to Manage Benzodiazepine Dependence and High Risk Use in the Context of Escalating Drug Related Deaths: A feasibility study
PI: Professor Catriona Matheson
Funded by: Chief Scientist Office

ODART : Responder Application Pilot study for the Brave app
PI: Dr Hadi Daneshvar
Funded by: Scottish Government

Digital inclusion for the prevention of drug deaths proposal
PI: Professor Tessa Parkes
Funded by: Scottish Government

Exploring the utility and safety of benzodiazepine prescribing among people receiving Opiate Replacement Therapy in Scotland: a multicentre retrospective cohort study
PI: Mr Joe Schofield
Funded by: Scottish Government

Researching and developing key components of a new Scottish Drug Checking service
PI: Professor Tessa Parkes
Funded by: CORRA Foundation

Ambulance Call-Outs to Drug Overdoses in Scotland: Patterns and Practice
PI: Professor Niamh Fitzgerald
Funded by: Scottish Government

A System Approach to Exploring Syndemic Health and Social Condition Clustering Among Individuals Who Experience A Drug Related Death: Developmental Work For Co-Produced Interventions
PI: Professor Tessa Parkes
Funded by: Chief Scientist Office

Overdose detection and responder alert technologies: transforming preventative care for those most at risk of drug-related death
PI: Professor Catriona Matheson
Funded by: Scottish Government

Feasibility and acceptability of an overdose prevention intervention delivered by Community Pharmacists for patients prescribed opioids for chronic non cancer pain
PI:
Funded by: Scottish Government

Exploring The Potential Of Long-Acting Buprenorphine In People Who Use Drugs And Are Homeless
PI: Professor Catriona Matheson
Funded by: Camurus AB

Testing blood oxygen monitoring among people who use drugs to promote awareness of respiratory and cardiac health
PI: Professor Catriona Matheson
Funded by: CORRA Foundation

Understanding the health impacts of social responses to Covid-19 on people who use drugs in Scotland
PI: Professor Catriona Matheson
Funded by: Chief Scientist Office

Drugs Research Network Scotland (Host)
PI: Professor Tessa Parkes
Funded by: Scottish Funding Council

Outputs (14)

Outputs

Article

Parkes T, Matheson C, Carver H, Foster R, Budd J, Liddell D, Wallace J, Pauly B, Fotopoulou M, Burley A, Anderson I, Price T, Schofield J & MacLennan G (2022) Assessing the feasibility, acceptability and accessibility of a peer-delivered intervention to reduce harm and improve the well-being of people who experience homelessness with problem substance use: the SHARPS study. Harm Reduction Journal, 19 (1), Art. No.: 10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-021-00582-5

Review

Masterton W, Falzon D, Burton G, Carver H, Wallace B, Aston EV, Sumnall H, Measham F, Gittins R, Craik V, Schofield J, Little S & Parkes T (2022) A Realist Review of How Community-Based Drug Checking Services Could Be Designed and Implemented to Promote Engagement of People Who Use Drugs. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (19), Art. No.: 11960. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191911960

Research Report

Daneshvar H, Oteo A, Schofield J, Parkes T, Matheson C & Baldacchino A (2022) Mapping of Overdose Detection and Alert Technologies: A Summary. Digital Lifelines Scotland. https://digitallifelines.scot/media/1115/digital-lifelines-odart-mapping-summary.pdf

Research Report

Matheson C, Carver H, Parkes T, Daneshvar H, Schofield J, Dumbrell J, Connell C, Price T & Hnizdilova K (2022) Digital Inclusion to Prevent Drug Related Deaths: Scoping user needs. Scottish Government. Edinburgh. https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/view.aspx?src=https%3A%2F%2Fdigitallifelines.scot%2Fmedia%2F1111%2Fdigital-lifelines-user-needs-slide-deck-drns-jan-2022.pptx&wdOrigin=BROWSELINK

Website Content

Schofield J, Matheson C, Browne T, Dumbrell J, Parkes T, Bancroft A & Galip I (2020) The impacts of COVID-19 on people who use drugs. The impacts of COVID-19 on people who use drugs (1.0) [Website] 20.11.2020. https://covid-drugs.stir.ac.uk/