The Consultancy Liaison Addiction Service - the first 5 years of an integrated, primary care-based community drug and alcohol team
Authors: Gerada, C.; Barrett, C.; Betterton, J.; Tighe, J.
Source: Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, Volume 7, Number 3, 1 August 2000 , pp. 251-256(6)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:Government policy, running through the 10-Year Drug Strategy, Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain (The Stationery Office, 1998) and the New Drug Misuse Clinical Guidelines (Department of Health, The Scottish Office, 1999) highlights the need for health authorities and now PCGs to invest in shared care mechanisms to support primary care in its task of caring for drug misusers. Primary Care Trusts, as freestanding NHS organizations, will in time be able to commission, purchase and provide these services themselves, using primary care expertise alongside specialists. This paper describes a model of primary care-based shared care service, the Consultancy Liaison Addiction Service, that has been in operation for 5 years in South London, that predates these changes in the NHS yet could be considered by PCGs or PCTs when planning services for drug misusers. The service comprises a team of drug and alcohol community psychiatric nurses, supported and managed by a principal in general practice. Together they have worked with 72 neighbouring general practices, supporting the treatment of alcohol-misusing and drug-misusing patients. The team has a separate identity from, but is closely integrated into the secondary specialist addiction service producing effective continuum of care.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Hurley Clinic
Publication date: 2000-08-01