The Recovery Partnership conducts research and consultation with
stakeholders including commissioners, drug and alcohol
practitioners, service managers and service users to explore what's
really going on in the sector, share good practice and support the
delivery of a range of recovery focused services for those
struggling with drug or alcohol issues.
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The Recovery Partnership
Commissioning for Recovery Meeting
On 28 February 2017 in partnership with Collective Voice we
facilitated the meeting of a group of substance misuse
commissioners to share good practice, challenges and concerns. The
- ACT Peer Recovery: Mutual Aid Model,
presented by its founder Mark Webster
- State of the Sector
2016, initial findings presented by Emilie Frijns, Adfam
- Policy and Drug
strategy update with Paul Hayes, Collective Voice
- “Commissioning for
Recovery” discussion chaired by Chris Lee, a commissioner in
Lancashire. Key areas of discussion included: funding cuts,
unrealistic expectations being placed on providers, outcome
measurements, partnerships, data and evidence bases, loss of
expertise and the future of the sector.
This briefing note (pdf)
summarises the discussions from the day.
State of the Sector 2016
We will soon be launching the State of the Sector 2016 report.
Since 2013 this annual report has provided vital snapshots of the
state of the drug and alcohol sector.
This year we are building detailed first-hand accounts by
conducting “deep-dives” into Newham and Lancashire – speaking to
commissioners, practitioners, service managers, service users,
family members, directors of public health and police and crime
commissioners. This has given us real taste of the mood of the
sector, the challenges but also the positives that can be taken
amidst a time of funding cuts and changes in commissioning and the
delivery of services. We are deep into the writing stage and will
publish the report by the end of May.
Reports and resources
through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) – New website
Adfam and Cruse Bereavement Care recently launched the new BEAD
website which brings together real life stories,
practical and emotional advice and resources to help anyone who’s
been bereaved through alcohol or drugs.
The BEAD project will also be hosting two information sessions in
Manchester on Saturday 29 April and Birmingham on Saturday 13 May
for individuals bereaved in this way to find out about what support
is available to them locally as well as hearing personal
experiences and self-help techniques. See here for more information.
Highways and buyways: A snapshot of UK drug
scenes 2016 – DrugWise
DrugWise has published the findings of its survey into the UK drug
scene in 2016. Key findings include unprecedented street purity
levels for heroin, crack, cocaine and ecstasy; some aims of the
Psychoactive Substances Act being achieved but new forms of
synthetic cannabinoids being dealt on the streets; reports of young
people using heroin to self-medicate from synthetic cannabinoids;
and increasing numbers coming forward to agencies with cannabis as
a primary problem.
An evidence review of the outcomes that can
be expected of drug misuse treatment in England – PHE
This evidence review aims to give policy makers and local areas an
idea of the outcomes that can be expected of drug misuse treatment
in England. It also reviews the impact of housing problems,
unemployment and social deprivation on treatment engagement and
outcomes, considers how drug treatment will need to be configured
to meet future need and recommends an appropriate set of measures
to address this.
Rebalancing Act: A resource for Directors of
Public Health, Police and Crime Commissioners, the police service
and other health and justice commissioners, service providers and
users – Revolving Doors
This resource is intended to help a broad range of stakeholders at
local, regional and national level, to understand and meet the
health and social care needs of people in contact with the criminal
justice system, and through this reduce offending and improve
community safety. It gives an overview of the key health
inequalities experienced by this population, some of the
associations between health and social care needs with offending
and reoffending behaviour and identifies some of the key
stakeholders at a local level who can come together to address
Young people’s statistics from the National
Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) 2015-16 – PHE
This paper outlines key NDTMS statistics relating to young people
covering 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. Key findings included that
the number of young people in specialist substance misuse treatment
went down 7% from last year, 65% of young people in treatment were
male and 87% said they had a problem with cannabis. It also covers
other substances young people were having problems with, the most
common routes into substance misuse services, other problems or
vulnerabilities related to young people’s substance use and waiting
times for accessing services.
Academy for Justice Commissioning events
Substance Misuse Conference 2017
The National Substance Misuse Conference 2017 is taking place on
the 13th September 2017, 9am-5pm at The Birmingham Conference and
Events Centre in Central Birmingham.
The National Substance Misuse Conference 2017 explores issues
facing clients, professionals and services. It will provide an
insight into current thinking and latest developments in the field
from a variety of perspectives: policy, practice and prevention.
The conference draws together the UK’s leading clinicians,
researchers, educators and many more to consider how we meet the
challenge now and in the future.
Read here for more information and to buy