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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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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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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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On publication of ONS’ data showing drug-poisoning-related deaths in England and Wales highest in 24 years of study, NHS SMPA’s Emily Finch talked to BBC Radio 4 about the challenges facing services.

“The first thing we have to remember is that every death represents a huge loss for a family, loss of a son or daughter, parent or sibling, so this is really affecting people.”

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NHS Substance Use Inpatient Network, Public Health England & Department for Health and Social Care met to discuss diminishing medically managed detox provision.

Meeting with PHE and DHSC offered an opportunity to examine the specific challenges that NHS detox facilities face within the current economic climate and commissioning arrangements.

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Public Health England announce a new £4.5million fund aimed at supporting children and parents affected by alcohol.

With an estimated 200,000 children affected by alcohol in England, this investment is well needed and NHS SMPA sincerely welcome it.  However, there is much more to do than this funding will allow, so this needs to be the start point for investment in this area, not the end.

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