NHS Greater Glasgow and Glasgow City Council plan to further improve and develop addiction services across the city through the development of nine new Community Addiction Teams.
These new teams will bring specialist 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. Forty nurses have already transferred into the first three pilot teams in the East, North East and West of the city and a further 40 nurses are being recruited to support the roll out of the six remaining teams.
Community Addiction Teams will act as the first point of contact for people with drug and alcohol problems and have the ability to refer individuals onto other services including hospital based services for people who require inpatient care, residential facilities for people undergoing rehabilitation and community projects which offer a range of training and employment opportunities.
They will carry out a comprehensive joint assessment of an individual's health and social care needs, offer a range of treatments and provide ongoing support for patients and their families. Specific services will include home detoxification programmes as an alternative to hospital admission, treatment for mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, a counselling and support for under 18's and a parental support service for families with children who have drug and alcohol problems. Community Addiction Teams will also work closely with GPs and addiction staff involved in the methadone programme to help move patients out of the programme and onto the next stage of their rehabilitation.
The development of these new community teams is part of a wider redesign of addiction services which will bring community, specialist and residential addiction services for people with drug and alcohol problems together in a single co-ordinated system. A whole system approach will ensure that individuals have access to a comprehensive range of addiction services to maximise the opportunities for successful rehabilitation.
Iona Colvin, Joint General Manager for Addiction Services, said: "Many people with drug and alcohol problems may also have other underlying health and social problems such as mental illness, financial difficulties and family problems. The introduction of these new joint community addiction teams therefore represents a major step forward in tackling the wide range of problems associated with addictions"
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