Coun­cil is fall­ing short on treat­ing al­co­hol ad­dic­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Coun­cil tar­gets for the suc­cess­ful treat­ment of peo­ple with al­co­hol ad­dic­tion are not be­ing met in Bucks,

A to­tal of 35.4 per cent of peo­ple who re­ceived help for al­co­hol ad­dic­tion in the fi­nal quar­ter of 2017/18 com­pleted treat­ment – miss­ing the 40 per cent tar­get.

This means 108 peo­ple were suc­cess­fully treated out of 305.

How­ever coun­cil health chiefs have blamed the low num­bers on the changes to the ser­vice - af­ter the new adult sub­stance ser­vice was launched in 2017.

Bucks County Coun­cil’s qual­ity per­for­mance re­port states it is “nor­mal” to see per­for­mance drop dur­ing the re-com­mis­sion­ing and tran­si­tion to a new ser­vice.

It says: “The new adult sub­stance ser­vice started in Oc­to­ber 2017, how­ever, the recom­mis­sion­ing process started 10 months prior to this, so the whole of 17/18 data has been af­fected by the recom­mis­sion­ing.

“It is nor­mal to see suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion per­for­mance drop dur­ing recom­mis­sion­ing and the tran­si­tion to a new ser­vice.

“Dur­ing tran­si­tion it is vi­tal for ser­vices like this to fo­cus on sta­bil­is­ing ex­ist­ing ser­vice users through the change and min­imis­ing the risks of ser­vice users drop­ping out of treat­ment.”

Speak­ing at a meet­ing of Bucks County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net on Mon­day, deputy cab­i­net mem­ber for health and well­be­ing, Jean Tees­dale, said that a “ro­bust” ac­tion plan is in place to im­prove treat­ment.

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