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Health Service Executive. (2013) Health service national service plan 2014. Dublin: Health Service Executive.

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P.37 Key priorities with actions to deliver in 2014:
• Achieve improved health outcomes for persons with addiction issues
.. Deliver on the national policy objectives of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016, with specific reference to progressing implementation of relevant actions on early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation.
….. Implement recommendations from Health Service Opioid Treatment Protocol.
….. Implement recommendations of Tier 4 (Residential Addiction Services Report) within the context of available resources.
….. Evaluate the Pharmacy Needle Exchange Programme and make recommendations.
….. Finalise the implementation plan for the National Overdose Prevention Strategy.
• Prioritise and implement Health Service actions in the Report of the Steering Group on a National Substance Misuse Strategy
• Implement recommendations of the National Hepatitis C Strategy according to updated time frames and in line with existing resource constraints.
• Implement the specific health aspects of a housing-led approach to homelessness in line with the new
National Homelessness Policy Statement

P.38 Key Indicators of Performance [Performance Indicator Expected Activity / Target 2014]

Opioid Substitute Treatment –
No. of clients in opioid substitute treatment (outside prisons) - 9,100

Substance Misuse –
No. and % of substance misusers (over 18 years ) for whom treatment has commenced within one calendar month following assessment - 1,260 (100%)
No. and % of substance misusers (under 18 years) for whom treatment has commenced within one week following assessment - 105 0100%)

Pharmacy Needle Exchange –
No. of unique individuals attending pharmacy needle exchange - 700

Homeless Services –
No. and % of individual service users admitted to homeless emergency accommodation hostels / facilities whose health needs have been assessed as part of a Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) within two weeks of admission - 1,700 (85% )

P.41 Tobacco Control -
No. of frontline healthcare staff trained in brief intervention smoking cessation - 1,350

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