Drink and Drugs News DDN Nov2017 - Page 3

Keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter! /DDNMagazine @DDNMagazine Contents editor’s letter ON THE COVER ‘It’s unsurprising that staff are feeling demotivated’ Has commissioning become a race to the bottom? p6 4 NEWS Welsh move to introduce minimum pricing; Trump declares ‘public health emergency’. 6 WHAT’S THE NAME OF THE GAME? Where now for commissioning? DDN reports. 9 NEWS FOCUS Scotland addresses its drug death crisis. 10 ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK A family focus for this year’s campaign. 12 JUST BE YOURSELF Out in the Bay chief executive Robert Mee on turning adversity to advantage. 14 POST-ITS FROM PRACTICE Are we under-dosing with OST, wonders Dr Steve Brinksman. 14 CLINICAL EYE Take time for therapeutic engagement, says Ishbel Straker. 15 LETTERS Russell rustles some feathers. 15 GAINING GROUND The pressure to change policy is mounting, says Andrew Horne. 16 STRATEGY FOR SURVIVAL Caroline Cole on staying afloat in troubled times. 18 LEGAL LINE Haven’t got time for CQC? Solicitor Nicole Ridgwell advises on your approach. 18 MEDIA SAVVY The news, and the skews, in the national media. Reporter: David Gilliver e: david@cjwellings.com Published by CJ Wellings Ltd, Romney House, School Road, Ashford, Kent TN27 0LT Editor: Claire Brown t: 01233 638 528 e: claire@cjwellings.com www.drinkanddrugsnews.com Advertising manager: Ian Ralph t: 01233 636 188 e: ian@cjwellings.com Designer: Jez Tucker e: jez@cjwellings.com A commissioner said to me this week, ‘We need to know what the evidence is, see good practice, do things like the service user conference. And we need to get the right information out there – like in your magazine – so people can say “oh that’s an interesting, exciting idea”.’ I had been focusing on a crisis in the sector, as we all do when faced with the unpalatable truth of worsening DRD statistics and fewer resources. But it made me think that there’s a lot of mileage in partnership working – a phrase so well used that we’re apt to ignore it. Our cover story (page 6) shows that the glue that holds together successful partnerships is missing in many areas. The pressure of having to do much more with much less can have a damning effect on the imagination and it’s unsurprising that staff are driven into feeling defensive and demotivated. Providers obviously play a central role in turning this around – but is this possible if they’re focused on survival? If the support networks – and the hours in the day – are not there to help them work constructively with commissioners, how is this achievable? Caroline Cole suggests responding to the challenges by borrowing from the corporate world (page 16), while Robert Mee draws on his personal experience to share how he created his support network for the LGBT+ community on page 12. And finally, on page 10 we share resources to put this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week campaign into action. Claire Brown, editor Keep in touch at www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine Subscriptions: t: 01233 633 315 e: subs@cjwellings.com 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 Alexander Fagaulin/iStock DDN is an independent publication, entirely funded by advertising. Supporting organisations: November 2017 | drinkanddrugsnews | 3