DISC CEO Paul Townsley addresses Drug Strategy event

DISC CEO Paul Townsley addressed over 70 delegates at the first of a series of Drug Strategy Implementation events at The Basement in Halifax.

Collective Voice and NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance and the Home Office hosted three forums to engage with the sector to promote the opportunities the 2017 Drug Strategy and the refreshed Clinical Guidelines create to improve outcomes for service users and their communities.

Provider managers, leaders, front line practitioners, commissioners and partners  attended the gathering and heard from colleagues from the Home Office, the Department of Health and Public Health England.

Topics discussed in Halifax included the 2017 Drug Strategy and the Clinical Guidelines: Presentations and Q&A  – Robyn Whitmore, Head of Drug Strategy, The Home Office; Pete Burkinshaw, Public Health England

Better care for people with co-occurring mental health, and alcohol and drug conditions: Presentation and Q&A  –Pete Burkinshaw, Public Health England

Improving clinical responses to drug-related deaths: Presentation and Q&A  –Dr Prun Bijral, Medical Director, CGL & Member of the drug-related deaths working group

Events were also held in Birmingham and London and feedback will be shared via  Collective Voice.

Further reading – Paul Townsley “DISC is ideally placed following publication of new national Dug Strategy” 14/7/17

DISC is one of seven voluntary sector organisations who have come together to provide a Collective Voice to ensure that the views of the drug and alcohol treatment sector and those who use our services are represented effectively. See the Collective Voice website.

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