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The first investigation of the commissioning and provision of advocacy services for problem drug users in England comes to the disappointing conclusion that far from being seen (as per national guidance) as "essential", in practice it is usually an optional extra which gives way to competing priorities.
From England’s gatekeeper to the public provision of health services, guidance for commissioners on how to organise and procure alcohol treatment and brief intervention services in an area which implement related national clinical guidance and satisfy policy requirements.
DOCUMENT 2011 HTM file
Alcohol dependence and harmful alcohol use quality standard
From the UK health service standard-setting agency, a concise statement of 13 practices which constitute high quality health care for problem drinkers and good practice in identifying and advising hazardous drinkers - standards which may be used to assess and reward providers and health service commissioning authorities.
Guidance to funding authorities on how to construct a local pattern of services from England's special health authority tasked to improve the availability, capacity and effectiveness of drug misuse treatment.
STUDY 2010 HTM file
Offender alcohol interventions: minding the policy gap
Based on exhaustive consultations in the south west of England, this report diagnoses the blockages to providing adequate alcohol-related services to offenders and makes recommendations to improve commissioning, coordination and practice.
Seven years after the first alcohol harm reduction strategy for England, this audit finds treatment access and brief intervention work has progressed in London but funding is often precarious and GP services are surprisingly under-developed.
STUDY 2010 HTM file
A review of alcohol services for offenders in the North East region
Problem drinking offenders in north east England benefit from creative partnership working, but still this report baldly states that, "for 'alcohol only' prisoners, an alcohol care pathway does not exist"; low-level intervention in prison is followed by minimal support on release.
Experience in California of developing and implementing a system for assessing patients' needs and matching to appropriate services offers an unusually fully developed model for promoting recovery and judging the outcomes achieved by a service in the light of its patient profile.
STUDY 2010 HTM file
The Alcohol Concern Smart Recovery Pilot Project final evaluation report
Austerity plus recovery plus curtailed treat equals more mutual aid is the formula for ways out of dependence in the post-credit crunch 2010s. But with only 12-step groups, the offer is limited. What will it take for a cognitive-behavioural alternative to flourish in England was the question for this pilot project.
When the English Department of Health's alcohol policy support team visited local areas, they found an improving but often muddled and uncoordinated attempt to improve public health through alcohol-related interventions which lacked consistent commitment.
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