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Keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter! /DDNMagazine @DDNMagazine Contents editor’s letter ON THE COVER ‘Service users must stay at the heart of commissioning’ Six challenges to repair our treatment system p6 4 NEWS PHE launches prescription drug review; Cigarette-style warnings on alcohol. 6 8 9 9 THE HEART OF THE MATTER Collective Voice set out six key challenges to fix a fractured treatment system. ANXIOUS TIMES Bambos Charalambous MP calls for action on young people’s Xanax use. POST-ITS FROM PRACTICE It’s time for a meaningful partnership with patients, says Dr Steve Brinksman. RESOURCES CORNER An oldie but goldie – George Allan on a vintage users’ view DVD. 10 COMMISSIONING FOR CHANGE A new independent expert faculty sets out the challenges facing the sector.. 12 A MORAL IMPERATIVE Danny Hames describes the vital role of NHS trusts in providing quality services. 13 RIPE FOR REFRESHMENT It’s time to overhaul our outdated alcohol strategy, hears the APPG. 14 THE RIGHT FOCUS Service users need to be heard in any review of commissioning. DDN reports. 16 PROFILE – KELLY HALLETT DDN hears from the Equinox MD on the importance of partnerships. 18 CLINICAL EYE Ishbel Straker on the sensitive subject of facing up to death. 19 FREE TO BREATHE Give smokers access to e-cigarettes, says Neil McKeganey. 20 A STEP TOO FAR? Is the ‘cycle of change’ still relevant, asks Natalie Davies. 22 BALANCING ACT Jody Leach on improving provision for IPED users. 23 LEGAL EYE Detail is key when challenging CQC reviews, stresses Nicole Ridgwell. Reporter: David Gilliver e: [email protected] Published by CJ Wellings Ltd, Romney House, School Road, Ashford, Kent TN27 0LT Editor: Claire Brown t: 01233 638 528 e: [email protected] www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Advertising manager: Ian Ralph t: 01233 636 188 e: [email protected] Designer: Jez Tucker e: [email protected] Subscriptions: t: 01233 633 315 e: [email protected] D isinvestment and the fragmentation of services continue to dominate dialogue and debate. Yet according to Collective Voice, (page 7), we have the best opportunity in a decade to address complex problems faced by service users and their communities. The newly formed Faculty of Commissioning is on a similar wavelength (page 10) in identifying the challenges to be tackled, and they reiterate the call for better integration with mental health and housing services. We are clear that commissioning needs an overhaul, a situation underlined by the ACMD Recovery Committee. On page 14 we look at why service user involvement must stay at the heart of this process. Tim Sampey’s comments are a reminder that there are many vibrant peer-led initiatives around the country that are leant on when needed for ‘service user involvement’ in strategy papers, but which should be written into tender documents as a core part of services. We’re looking forward to seeing many of these groups in action at our DDN Conference on 22 February. The other important element of the consultations is to not forget the evidence that should inform them – such as when discussing a new alcohol strategy. As Dr Richard Piper reminds us (page 13), there is a large pool of evidence on which to draw in modernising the 2012 strategy. Consultations focus the mind, but we must remember to stay open to innovation. The growth of partnerships such as the alliance of NHS Trusts (page 12) offer new momentum in tackling old problems. Claire Brown, editor Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine Website: www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Website support by wiredupwales.com CJ Wellings Ltd does not accept respon si bility for the accuracy of state ments made by contributors or advertisers. The contents of this magazine are the copyright of CJ Wellings Ltd, but do not necess arily represent its views, or those of its partner organisations. Printed on environmentally friendly paper by the Manson Group Ltd Cover by claylib/iStock DDN is an independent publication, entirely funded by advertising. Supporting organisations: February 2018 | drinkanddrugsnews | 3