Alcohol Pathways – Visit from Central Government 16th January

28 January 2019 Posted by

James McGowan, Government Policy Advisor and Glasha Frank, Department of Health, Patient Flow and Access Team, who are developing national alcohol pathways came to see the work in Cornwall, which has been commended to them, and to meet the teams and commissioner responsible.The external team met with Liz Farrington, Consultant Nurse Hepatology, alongside representatives from the Alcohol Liaison Team, Addaction Hospital Outreach Team, Safeguarding leads and patients. The visit was co-ordinated by Kim Hager, Joint Commissioning Manager from the Drug and Alcohol Action Team.

Glasha Frank ‘Thanks for the thought and effort‎ that went into today. It was invaluable being able to hear and appreciate what goes into making a local initiative work, and the range of people we were able to speak to made it quite an insightful visit. Its given me quite a bit of food for thought and accounts to draw on to help build up the wider work around frequent attenders.

Hearing from ‘Patient x’ was particularly memorable.

James Magowan wrote:  ‘A massive thanks for all your time and input today, a really beneficial visit. Thanks too to Jez for the taxi work back and forth to the station! Please pass on thanks also to the Addaction team and others at the hospital for their time and input.

A fantastic opportunity to see the impact that Life Chances Fund money, alongside your own, is having for vulnerable people. I was particularly struck by the journey  the patient we met  outlined and really pleased that she will shortly be 1 year without drinking. I appreciate her journey pre-dates LCF, but it was clear from the various calls Lee needed to take that, unfortunately, there are many others who are in the position she had found herself. Please ask Addaction folk to pass on thanks to her for time and willingness to share.

Liz Farrington, who leads the hospital alcohol liaison team, said “This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase true multi-agency working from acute care through to the community. We have developed significant partnerships, with particular emphasis on frequent attenders and those with co-existing drug or mental health problems, and complex physical needs such as decompensated cirrhosis and alcohol related brain injury. Whilst we still have gaps in some services we are all committed to reducing unwarranted variation in this group of patients, in line with the NHS long term plan”.

The visit was based upon the national recognition of the creative work that is being developed and delivered by partners in Cornwall, reflecting everyone’s determination. It has also given us the opportunity to highlight areas which continue to prove challenging and would benefit from multi department guidance.

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