Addictions Clinical Academic Group publish outcomes book
King’s Health Partners has published the first outcomes book from our Addictions Clinical Academic Group.
Our Addictions Clinical Academic Group (CAG) covers drugs, alcohol and tobacco use. Their work into treatment, research and education on addictive behaviours is carried out across King’s Health Partners.
Alcohol and smoking are the largest preventable causes of disease, premature death and health inequalities in our local communities.
The CAG is one of the largest providers of NHS addictions services in the UK, with community drug and alcohol services in Lambeth, Wandsworth, Greenwich and Bexley. They are also in a unique position of being able to work across our organisations in partnership to reduce morbidity from alcohol, tobacco and drug use.
The Addictions CAG provides services for a wide range of people including adults from around the country who need specialist care and treatment, adolescents, early users, and entrenched users.
Many of the CAG staff are national and international experts in their fields.
Highlights from the book include:
- The CAG’s work on policy, including leading reviews of scientific evidence for decisions about preventions and treatments. The CAG has been invited to chair several key committees which enable research findings and clinical experience to directly affect policy making processes
- Leading and supporting smoke-free initiatives across all our trusts
- The Maudsley Smoker’s Clinic was established 40 years ago and is the longest running specialist smoker’s clinic in the United Kingdom. There are now approximately 150 specialist stop smoking clinics in the UK, all based on this model
- Changing public policy on naloxone, a fast-acting antidote which revives someone suspected of heroin overdose. Naloxone is a ‘take home’ solution which can be administered by friends and family to provide crucial extra time to seek further medical treatment
- Creation of the King’s Health Partners Alcohol Strategy.
Watch a video from King's College London on 'Saving lives after heroin overdose':
Professor John Moxham, Director of Clinical Strategy at King’s Health Partners, said:
Addiction to a range of substances affects many of the communities we serve. It not only contributes to morbidity and mortality rates of our local population but also to the effectiveness of treatments for a range of conditions, lowering outcomes for those affected.
We will continue to discover innovative ways to treat and look after vulnerable and stigmatised client groups, and enable many of them to reduce the harm from their addictions and move towards recovery.
Joint CAG leaders, John Strang, Emily Finch and Eleanor Bateman, said:
In our outcomes book we show many examples of how we have developed an evidence base and been able to implement treatments which improve the outcomes for our service users.
The Addictions CAG is in a unique position of being able to work across our organisations in partnership to reduce morbidity from alcohol and drug use. The best examples of this are our alcohol and tobacco strategies which have allowed the whole partnership to show a commitment to improving the health of our communities by reducing substance use.
Our 22 CAGs form the building blocks of our Academic Health Sciences Centre. This is the eleventh outcomes book to be published, with a number of additional books due to be published soon.