NHS SMPA launches new programme to eliminate Hepatitis C in our services

“We are thrilled to be working with NHS England and Gilead on this innovative partnership project which will ensure that service users who have contracted Hep C are tested, treated and cured quickly and in line with evidenced best practice.”

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Broadreach House Detox Centre closes due to severe underfunding.

The closure of this service is very worrying both individually and as part of the wider trend we are seeing in both third-sector services and our NHS Inpatient Detox Units (which are hospital-based and Consultant Psychiatrist led, treating the most complex and vulnerable patients in England). However, we are also incredibly concerned about where this leaves the service users that were in Broadreach House's care. 

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Inspiring Scheme Helps Service Users Find Employment and Meaningful Connections

Founded in 2011, the Pathways to Employment scheme aims to provide a clear and achievable pathway from treatment to meaningful occupation, (volunteering and paid employment), for those with the most complex and entrenched addiction and mental health issues.

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NHS SMPA's full written response to the Health and Social Care Committee's inquiry on Drug Policy

“We are concerned that the committee addresses the ‘Quality Gap’ between evidence-based and routine practice in services for people using drugs, with safeguarding of specialist clinical expertise, increasing research capacity to learn from what we do, and quality standards in commissioning and review of drug services.”

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New NHS Alcohol Exposed Pregnancy Programme Launches in Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is investing £1.6 million in a pioneering programme aimed to eliminate new cases of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder within the area and to establish the city-region as a world-leader in tackling the impacts of alcohol in pregnancy.

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Specialist Detox Units are closed and patients end up in A&Es that are already at breaking point. When will it end?

Maybe there is a solution. If the NHS is being forced to subsidise local drug and alcohol treatment systems by delivering detox in acute hospitals, then perhaps they should send a bill to the local commissioners for every patient they see?

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NHS SMPA Conference 2018 Highlights - Dr. Dima Abdulrahim on Classifying Substances

Dr Dima Abdulrahim is the main author of the NEPTUNE clinical guidance for the management of the harms of club drugs and novel psychoactive substances. Listen to what she has to say about how the organisation classifies substances.

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Opioid dependency is on the rise. NHS SMPA’s Vice Chair, Emily Finch, talked to BBC Radio 4 about the prescription of opioid-based medication in the UK

Public Health England has launched a new review on the use of prescription opioid medicines in the UK. NHS SMPA’s Emily Finch was invited onto BBC’s Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday to discuss opioid use in England.

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Understanding, Treating and Eradicating Hepatitis C

NHS England state that hepatitis C currently affects 215,000 people across England and, according to the most recent statistics, an average of 1,974 new cases developed between 2011 and 2015. Despite its prevalence, most people don’t know what hepatitis C is, or why it is important to be tested for it.

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