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RECORD IMPROVEMENT IN GLASGOW’S ADDICTION SERVICES

June 03, 2005 12:00 PM

Glasgow has exceeded key targets to improve addiction services across the city over the last year according to a new report.

The first annual performance report for the new Glasgow Addiction Service Partnership – a joint partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow and Glasgow City Council – highlights a number of significant achievements during 2004/05.

These include:

· A 44% increase in the number of adults accessing treatment and care in the community (from 5,300 in 2003/04 to 7,642 in 2004/05) – a further 1011 young people received support from addiction services.

· An 130% increase in the number of people referred into employment, education, training and voluntary work (from 539 in 2003/04 to 1239 in 2004/05 –  314 more than the target of 925 set for 2004/05)

· 81% of new service users seen within 21 days (compared with a national average of 42%)

· Development of Eriskay House - a new 15 bedded inpatient and partial hospitalisation service for North and East Glasgow

· The creation of 9 new Community Addiction Teams (CATs) which bring specialist medical, nursing and social work staff together in joint health and social care teams to provide a comprehensive range of more local and accessible community based services for people with drug and alcohol problems.

· Development of a new Arrest and Referral pilot service in the East End of Glasgow in partnership with Strathclyde Police. This aims link individuals experiencing drug or alcohol related problems into Community Addiction Teams across Glasgow at the point of arrest

· The establishment of Scotland's first respite service specifically for grandparents and extended family members affected by alcohol and drugs

· Development of a new services for young people including a new 8 bedded residential service for young people with drug and alcohol related problems, the introduction of family work and cognitive behaviour therapy, and the development of a new youth project which targets hard to reach young people from black and ethnic minority communities.

· A 24% increase in the number of people referred into community rehabilitation services – (from 840 to 1046 – 86 more than the target set for 2004/05)

· A 20% increase in the number of people admitted into residential rehabilitation services (from 287 to 361)

· Continued investment in family support services to provide practical support and advice to the most vulnerable families within each CAT

· The development of two new Community Alcohol Support Services to provide practical support and advice to help people overcome problems associated with debt, family relationships and social isolation

· Full implementation of a new single shared assessment which ensures all addiction professionals use a common framework to identify the needs of service users and to plan and review their care

Councillor John McKenzie, Convener of Glasgow City Council's Social Care Committee, said: "The integration of addiction services has been a great success which has radically improved service delivery by increasing access to treatment and rehabilitation services across the city."

Tom Divers, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "These results are good news for service users and reflect the commitment of NHS Greater Glasgow and Glasgow City Council to further develop and improve the range of addiction services available to service users and their families."


A copy of the annual performance report for addiction services can be found on the committees section of the Glasgow City Council web-site (www.glasgow.gov.uk)


For further information contact 0141 201 4429.

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