Be the best!

Take one simple step to make sure your CQC inspection is as good as it can be, says Nicole Ridgwell. It is very encouraging to...

Clinical eye: Learning curve

Discovering that we can’t impose our own timetable on clients is a vital lesson, says our nursing columnist Ishbel Straker. The feelings I have about...

A need to inspire

We neglect our student nurses at our peril, says Ishbel Straker. I have a dream…. that one day all student nurses will be made to...

Who cares?

Drug-related deaths: Like so many others, Darren’s death was preventable, says Dr Chris Ford. I still cry when I think of Darren months after his death. He...

Clinical Eye – our new nursing column

A mutual respect Ishbel Straker joins us as a regular columnist to give insights on nursing in addiction. This month she asks, why is...

Resources Corner: Focus on family

The 5-Step Method offers services a valuable tool for working with relatives, says George Allan. Few would disagree that adult family members of people with...

Legal eye: ‘How can we show CQC that we provide exit pathways?’

Nicole Ridgwell of Ridouts answers your legal questions. 'We have received criticism for not providing clear patient pathways on exit from our residential treatment service....

Trauma of war

In Germany, refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan already traumatised by war and upheaval are seeking treatment for substance dependence. What are the...

Resources Corner: The essential skills

From the many books on addiction, George Allan selects a guide that makes a worthy handbook for both students and experienced workers. From confessional memoirs...

Healing the hurt: Tackling painkiller addiction

Taking painkillers can mask issues that are nothing to do with physical pain, says Dr Steve Brinksman. Like many modern GP group practices, ours has...