Posts tagged funding
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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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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Spice: The Ongoing Public Health Emergency

Referred to by one English Police and Crime Commissioner as “the most severe public health issue we have faced in decades”, Spice is one of a group of synthetic cannabinoids whose notoriety is growing by the day.

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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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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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