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Callanan, Meg and Ranns, Helen and Turley, Caroline and Barnard, Matt and Hussey, David and Chanfreau, Jenny and Bowles, Roger [Home Office UK] . (2012) Drug systems change pilots evaluation. Final report. London: NatCen Social Research. 135 p.

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The Drug Systems Change pilot programme, funded jointly by the UK Department of Health and the Home Office, ran from 2009-2011. The aim was to test whether local drug and alcohol treatment partnerships could tailor services better, in response to local needs, if they were allowed more flexibility in how they used the range of funding streams available to them and were not constrained by central targets.

The 7 pilot sites investigated how they could redesign the commissioning and delivery of drug treatment and related social provision, both in prison and in community settings, adopting more user-led, outcome-focused approaches, and so improving the outcomes achieved by their service users.

A collaboration led by NatCen (National Centre for Social Research) was commissioned to evaluate the pilots. Chris Heffer, Deputy Director, Alcohol and Drugs, at the Department of Health, said: ‘with their focus on local innovation, recovery and continuity of care, the work undertaken by the 7 pilot sites fits well with current priorities.

The changes in practice they achieved required months of hard work and a good deal of intensive partnership collaboration.’

The evaluation report highlights:
 the challenges of system redesign
 the importance of partnership working in affecting change
 lessons in enhancing continuity of care
 implementing single points of assessment and personalised treatment budgets


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery, AOD disorder harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method
Source:Home Office UK
Date:2012
Pages:135 p.
Publisher:NatCen Social Research
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health services, substance use research
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of substance use > Recovery
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Rehabilitation
HJ Treatment method > General treatment method concepts
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)

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