Briefing for 'A Caring Nation - Recovering, Remobilising and Renewing Health and Social Care in Scotland' Debate

Briefing for 'A Caring Nation - Recovering, Remobilising and Renewing Health and Social Care in Scotland' Debate

This briefing was prepared for the Scottish Government debate: ‘A Caring Nation – Recovering, Remobilising and Renewing Health and Social Care in Scotland’ on Tuesday 14th September 2021. 

It is SHAAP’s view that the Government should commit to specific actions to strengthen alcohol-specific treatment and support services backed by dedicated funding, in the same way they have done for drug and mental health services. These actions should include:

- Establishing acute alcohol care teams in hospitals that can undertake screening, maintain contact and offer intensive outreach to the most vulnerable.
- Increasing the numbers of Addiction Psychiatrists within acute hospital settings.
- Ensuring that there are adequate services for people with alcohol problems in the community, and that primary and community-based services take a joined up approach to referral and care through better communication – for instance, between mental health and addiction services.
- Providing for the development of knowledge and skills regarding alcohol as a part of health and social care staff training.
- Incorporating the specific needs of diverse groups and populations – such as LGBTQI+ communities, refugees and asylum seekers and older people (as examples) – into service design and delivery to ensure equity of access to alcohol services.
- Reviewing Scotland’s innovative Alcohol Brief Intervention (ABI) programme in line with recent advances in knowledge to ensure it is effective.

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