Addressing Alcohol and Drugs-Related Harm in Scotland

Scotland’s relationship with alcohol and drugs remains problematic

The Scottish Government have recently released Rights, Respect and Recovery, Scotland's new alcohol and drugs strategy, bringing drugs and alcohol services under one strategy for the first time in a decade – but how do we create services which address both whilst still maintaining separate support for service-users where necessary?

Higher risk alcohol use and problematic drug use are significatn issues in Scotland, causing damage to people's lives, families and communities, and contributing to violence and crime. The Scottish Government are committed to preventing and reducing alcohol and drug-related harm through a variety of measures including, the Alcohol Framework 2018: Preventing Harm, minimum unit pricing, working to reduce the number of people with problematic drug-use through drugs education and prevention activity. 

Achieving the outcomes of the strategy will be a challenge but it is possible that by working with those with lived experience, delivery partners, service providers, decision-makers, funders, representative groups and the research community to create truly integrated services.

Join Holyrood on 26 March as we analyse the outcomes of the strategy, understand how to bring services together and look at examples of good practice with our expert speakers.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • An in-depth look at the outcomes of the Scottish Government’s strategy, and the new alcohol and drugs frameworks
  • How to re-design services and how this will work in practice – making decisions on service provision and how to strike the balance between services
  • Including the voice of those with lived experience in service design
  • Priorities for health and social care services in Scotland and the latest evidence base for risk and harm reduction focused services

Confirmed speakers

  • Dr Eric Carlin, Director, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)
  • Rowan Anderson, Manager (Partnership Drugs Initiative), The Corra Foundation
  • Dr Iain McPhee, Senior Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland
  • Dr Rebecca Foster, Research Fellow - Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, University of Stirling
  • Wez Steele, Peer Navigator - Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, Salvation Army 

Agenda*

10:00    Registration and Refreshments

10:30    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Jennifer Trueland, Journalist

10:35    Session 1: The New Strategy

  • Overview of achievements from ‘Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol’ (2009) and introduce the Alcohol Framework and RRR 

Speakers include: 

  • Dr Eric Carlin, Director, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)

11:00   Plenary Slot 

  • Dr Rebecca Foster, Research Fellow - Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, University of Stirling
  • Wez Steele, Peer Navigator - Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, University of Dundee

11:30   Questions and Discussion  

11:50   Roundtable Discussions 

This session will involve delegates thinking about the needs of the communities they support and potential solutions to solve the challenges they are facing.

12:15    Feedback from Roundtable Discussions

12:30    Lunch and Networking

13:20    Session 2: Reducing Harm and Risk

In this session we will explore how to reduce harm and risk for service users and will look at examples of best practice. 

  • Improving services through consultation and engagement – empowering communities to make decisions and deliver services
  • Understanding how to support service users with numerous health concerns
  • Working with partners to support service-users

Speakers include: 

  • Dr Iain McPhee, Senior Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland

13:50 The Recovery Needs of Children and Families: Are We Listening?

A presentation on Corra Foundation’s approach to listening to the voices of lived and living experience, specifically Everyone Has a Story (EHAS) & the small practice fund and our role in influencing Rights Respect & Recovery.

Rowan Anderson, Manager (Partnership Drugs Initiative), Corra Foundation

14:20    Questions and Discussion

14:50    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:00    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees. 

 

Venue

NASUWT, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VATpp | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VATpp | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635
Dates
26 March 2019

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