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Training key to boosting alcohol brief interventions

Targeted training leads to a ‘significant increase’ in the delivery of alcohol brief interventions in primary care, according to new research. Specifically trained nurse...

Record number of drug-related mental health admissions

There were 82,135 hospital admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis of drug-related mental and behavioural disorders in 2016-17, according to figures from NHS...

The right focus

An effective review of commissioning will need input and inspir­a­tion from everyone involved – practitioners, commissioners, and especially those using services. DDN reports. There have...

The Heart of the Matter

Can we meet six basic challenges to repair a fragmented treatment system, asks Paul Hayes. Brexit continues to dominate mainstream debate. But far more important...

Sell e-cigarettes in hospitals, says PHE report

Vaping poses ‘only a small fraction’ of the risks of smoking, and NHS trusts should ensure that e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapies are available...

Anxious times

Shocked by cases in his constituency, Bambos Charalambous MP is calling for government action on Xanax. The powerful sedative Xanax is being used by young...

A level playing field

Effective treatment starts with a meaningful partnership, says Dr Steve Brinksman. We recently had a new doctor join our practice who had worked elsewhere for...

Commissioning for change

An independent expert faculty has been set up to consider a vital new approach to commissioning. Mark Gilman, Paul Musgrave, Niamh Cullen, Terry Pearson...

Alcohol strategy is ripe for refreshment

Time is of the essence in overhauling the alcohol strategy, says the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice APPG. DDN reports. ‘We were asked by government, “what...

A moral imperative

One year on, an alliance of 13 NHS trusts is gaining momentum in addressing the failings of the sector and developing more effective pathways...

Partner up

Co-production and partnership working can help organisations thrive in troubled times. DDN hears from the MD of Equinox Care and Penrose Criminal Justice Services,...

Facing the inevitable

The death of a client can hit you like a ton of bricks – unless you are prepared, says Ishbel Straker. 2017 brought me many...