Sophie Given

Sophie Given

National Training and Development Officer (Harm Reduction and Emergency Response)

Appointed in 2018, Sophie is responsible for facilitating national harm reduction training in the areas of; bacterial infection, route transition and injecting equipment provision. She also chairs and organises the Scottish Needle Exchange Workers Forum.

In the event of a national bacterial infection outbreak amongst people who use drugs, Sophie attends Incident Management Teams to assist in the development and coordination of outbreak response strategies.

Sophie joined SDF after successfully completing a master’s degree in Global Health at the University of St Andrews. For her final research project, Sophie piloted a study to investigate the relationship between hygiene and bacterial infections among females who use drugs within Fife and Tayside.

Sophie previously worked in London as a nurse, specialising in trauma care. Here she gained experience treating patients with drug-related traumatic injuries and overdose. Sophie has undertaken several roles as an international volunteer in response to natural disasters in Nepal and the United States. During this volunteer work, she gained a vital understanding of crisis response and management.