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IDEAS REALISED - NEW GREATER GLASGOW DRUG AND ALCOHOL NETWORK

October 02, 2003 10:49 AM

A new network that aims to turn ideas and opinions on drugs and alcohol prevention into reality is being set up in Greater Glasgow.

Recent research carried out by NHS Greater Glasgow highlighted a significant number of prevention and education workers believed they did not know enough about work that was similar to their own and going on in the Greater Glasgow area. 

The research also found that the majority of prevention and education workers expressed a need to have a forum where they could share their ideas and opinions with other workers in the same field.

The network will address the issues raised and help workers provide high quality drug and alcohol prevention initiatives throughout Greater Glasgow.  It will also give staff an opportunity to find out about new research and examples of good practice while providing a chance to share ideas. 

The network will include staff from Greater Glasgow NHS Board, Scottish Drugs Forum, Glasgow Council on Alcohol and Glasgow City Council Social Work Department.  It will benefit staff from many agencies and in turn will lead to better services for service users.

Susan Kerr, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Greater Glasgow NHS Board, said "Over 40 staff across statutory and voluntary agencies in Greater Glasgow have drug an alcohol prevention and education as a significant part of their job remit.

"With this large a number of staff from a range of agencies it is important that we have an opportunity to meet and share information.  Without this opportunity there is a risk that in some instances workers may feel professionally isolated in delivering this challenging work."

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For further information contact Lorraine Dick on 0141 201 4429.

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