Addressing Alcohol and Drugs-Related Harm in Scotland

Scotland’s relationship with alcohol and drugs remains problematic

The Scottish Government have just published the Alcohol Framework, soon to be followed by its new Alcohol and Drugs Strategy which will bring drugs and alcohol services under one strategy for the first time in a decade. 

Last year the draft strategy All Together Now’ outlined the vision to create a Scotland where people do not develop problematic alcohol and drug use; instead they are supported and respected through harm reduction and support services – but how do we create services which address both whilst still maintaining separate support for service-users where necessary?

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)


09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05    Session 1: All Together Now – Bringing Together Drugs and Alcohol Services

  • An in-depth look at the outcomes of the Scottish Government’s strategy, and the new alcohol and drugs frameworks
  • Examining the demographic
  • Bringing services together and how this will work in practice – dealing with merged budgets and resources

11:00    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Reducing Harm and Risk

  • 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

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50   Session 3: Sharing and Learning from Best Practice

In the final session of the day we will share different case study examples from across different sectors to showcase innovative programmes and practices.

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    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. 



Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course. 


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 or call 0131 285 1635
26 March 2019



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