01 July 2013
Developing new drug and alcohol services for Bristol
People in Bristol who are tackling drug and alcohol
problems are set to benefit from new services which have been
designed to join up treatment and support more
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust's Specialist Drug and Alcohol
Service (SDAS), Bristol Drugs Project
(Bdp) and St Mungo's have been successful in tendering
to deliver in partnership three elements of the new drug and
alcohol service, commissioned by Safer Bristol of Bristol City
SDAS, Bdp and St Mungo's will focus on Engagement (St Mungo's),
Change (SDAS) and Completion (Bdp) while the other two elements,
housing and support, will be delivered respectively by
Addiction Recovery Agency and Developing Health and Independence
Safer Bristol asked providers to propose a new design for a
treatment system that would best meet the needs of people in
Bristol. They asked that treatment, support and housing will be
easier to access and more effective in helping people achieve
sustained recovery from problematic drug or alcohol
use. This will deliver positive outcomes for
communities in Bristol, reducing drug-related crime and ill health.
It will also ensure support for families and carers of people with
drug and alcohol problems.
All organisations successful in the tender will adopt the new
outcome focused treatment model ROIS (Recovery Orientated
Integrated System), working together to put service users at
Bristol-based clinical director for SDAS, Dr
Tim Williams said: "I am delighted that the commissioners at
Bristol City Council have decided to award this contract to
us. It shows that they value quality NHS care and it
demonstrates our success in building a respected, dynamic and
Dr Williams said that the SDAS team will work closely with all
providers in the city over the coming months to ensure the
smoothest transition to the new set up and to ensure that the
people of Bristol will benefit from the provision of quality,
recovery focused, seamless, drug and alcohol treatment.
"We are totally committed to increasing recovery for service
users in Bristol and are passionate in our work with all parties in
Bristol to achieve this goal," he added.
Bdp set up the city's first services to help
people with drug and alcohol problems and brings over 27 years'
experience to the new ROIS, This includes a vibrant volunteer
cohort numbering over 100 people each year - many of whom
have their own history of drug or alcohol problems.
Maggie Telfer OBE, BDP's Chief Executive said: "Our vision is
all about 'maximising people's potential' and these new services
will do just that. They will give more people more
opportunities to get their lives back on track - entering or
returning to the world of training and work and playing a positive
part in the life of their communities."
St Mungo's manages a mix of hostels and
supported housing across Bristol as well as the Compass Centre in
Stokes Croft, offering emergency support to rough sleepers as well
as access to health and skills opportunities. The Compass Centre is
also a base for St Mungo's innovative Recovery College, helping
people be inspired to learn and share skills as they move on with
Mike McCall, St Mungo's Executive Director of Operations, said:
"People experiencing difficulties with drugs and alcohol need
personalised support to introduce them to services offering the
right help at the right time. Our St Mungo's approach is all about
recovery and we are committed to providing an integrated treatment
system, alongside the other successful lead providers in
Peter Walker Chief Executive of the Addiction Recovery
Agency said: "Having somewhere safe to live is key
to achieving good treatment outcomes and the Addiction Recovery
Agency looks forward to being part of the new treatment partnership
in Bristol to deliver a recovery based system of treatment and
support that the city can be proud of."
DHI has been a provider of drug and alcohol,
family and housing support services for many years in neighbouring
communities, with a strong track record in involving service users
to strengthen service delivery. Rosie Phillips, DHI's Chief
Executive Officer, said: "We look forward to working with our new
partners and The Care Forum who will be working with us in the
development of this unique new service.
"An important part of our inclusive service will promote
participation, identifying and developing local champions and peer
support workers across Bristol's diverse communities to help those
affected by drug or alcohol misuse. We are excited about inspiring
people to tackle discrimination and stigma against those affected
in the community."