North-east health care professionals identify alcohol and substance misuse priorities

Health care professionals from the north-east are working with the Scottish Government to identify education priorities which will enhance the provision of health care across the country.

Substance and Alcohol misuse engagement eventFollowing a recent engagement session at Robert Gordon University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care in Aberdeen, staff are working on a report which will inform development of the government’s ‘2020 Workforce Vision’ for NHS Scotland.

The report will focus on educational development opportunities for health care professionals and care givers in the north-east, and across Scotland, who regularly engage with alcohol and drug users.

More than 50 delegates from the three Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) in Grampian, NHS Grampian, third sector organisations and RGU attended the event earlier this year. There they discussed key areas identified for future education and training in the north-east and looked at how to design workforce development opportunities to suit employers and practitioners.

From the initial findings five main themes have been identified for further discussion, including: Psychological Interventions, Interdisciplinary and Interagency Practice, Harm Reduction, Dual Diagnosis and Recovery.

Inga Heyman, Mental Health Nursing Lecturer at RGU, helped facilitate the event. She said: “Employers and practitioners are looking for new opportunities to develop evidence-based contemporary education to support their practice. We are working with our partners to understand which professional development areas require advancement for those who regularly engage with alcohol and drug users.

“By ensuring the University and practice areas work together we can recommend and develop effective educational opportunities which will enable practitioners to maintain and deliver the highest possible standards in the north-east of Scotland and beyond.”

Fraser Hoggan, ADP Development Officer, added: “The engagement event at RGU was the first of its kind for the north-east of Scotland and by analysing the feedback we are taking the first steps to address long-term workforce development needs in Grampian around substance misuse.”


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Ross Anderson
Communications Officer | Health and Sport

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