Drink and Drugs News DDN March 2019 - Page 3

Keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter! /DDNMagazine @DDNMagazine Contents editor’s letter ON THE COVER ‘We need to take others along with us as we move’ Empowering service users, p6 4 NEWS Local authorities falling short on naloxone; Home Office green lights drug testing. 6 KEEP ON MOVING: THE DDN CONFERENCE Round-up from the day’s opening session, ‘Food for Thought’ 10 TALKING IT THROUGH Keep on Moving’s second session, ‘The Big Conversation’ looked at where service user involvement should go from here. 12 CZAR GAZING Mike Trace on the treatment system’s failure to inspire. CENTRE PAGES: END OF LIFE CARE Special supplement from the Manchester Metropolitan University team on end of life care for people with problematic substance use and their families. 13 LEGAL LINE Hope Davis-McCallion on the importance of keeping up to speed with CQC’s latest revised guidance. 14 INSIGHTFUL STORIES Keep on Moving’s final session heard personal accounts of gambling addiction, naloxone and harnessing the power of your past. 18 A NEED TO BE HEARD Reflections on the conference’s memorable moments. 21 CLINICAL EYE Nurses have become the ‘fat that can be trimmed’ in many organisations, says Ishbel Straker. 21 MEDIA SAVVY The news and the skews in the national media. DDN is published by CJ Wellings Ltd, Romney House, School Road, Ashford, Kent TN27 0LT t: 0845 299 3429 www.drinkanddrugsnews.com peakers at the DDN conference embraced the theme ‘Keep on Moving’. What came out very strongly was that we need to take others along with us as we move – not just peers and colleagues, but people who are not in treatment or connected to services. We know that many drug-related deaths are outside of treatment, and Rosanna O’Connor of PHE was among those urging us to reach out. Lord Victor Adebowale said we ‘have to work together like never before’ to reach those at the sharp end of the inverse care law (where those in need of health and social care the most tend to get it the least). Mat Southwell made the strong point of calling on the treatment community to look beyond its doors to the active drug user networks, because ‘when you engage with us you can interact with all those people who don’t use treatment’. Our debate session on forming a service user network acknowledged that good communication is vital if we are to get anywhere. As Radha Allen from B3 pointed out, ‘chaotic drug users aren’t represented in a lot of service user groups’. Throughout the conference we heard inspirational words and saw the best networking in action. We heard new ideas and real enthusiasm for joining up with others to form an active, diverse and representative network that ‘agrees to disagree’, in the words of Tim Sampey, and gets everybody on board. Can we do this? We hope so at DDN, and are ready to support communications within a service user initiative. As Jacquie Johnston said, ‘everyone is hardwired for connection’ and this whole diverse community could be its own strongest asset. Claire Brown, editor S Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine Editor: Claire Brown e: [email protected] Subscriptions: e: [email protected] Cover by Nigel Brunsdon, nigelbrunsdon.com Advertising manager: Ian Ralph e: [email protected] website: www.drinkanddrugsnews.com CJ Wellings Ltd does not accept respon si bility for the accuracy of state ments made by contri bu t ors 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. Reporter: David Gilliver e: [email protected] Designer: Jez Tucker e: [email protected] Website support by wiredupwales.com Printed on environmentally friendly paper by the Manson Group Ltd DDN is an independent publication, entirely funded by advertising. Proud to work in partnership with: March 2019 | drinkanddrugsnews | 3