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OST Good Practice Programme Working Group, Public Health England. (2021) BOOST: an elearning programme on opioid substitution treatment (OST) for drug treatment and recovery workers. London: Health Education England eLearning for Healthcare.

External website: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/best-practice-...


The BOOST elearning programme aims to provide UK drug treatment and recovery professionals with the information they need to deliver good quality opioid substitution treatment (OST) to service users.

This elearning programme is recommended by Public Health England (PHE) as mandatory training for all drug treatment and recovery workers in England, whether working in the NHS, voluntary or private sectors. It is also recommended that team leaders, managers and other professionals working in drug treatment and recovery services complete the programme, so they can support learning and service improvements.

Drug treatment and recovery workers supported by their multidisciplinary teams play a crucial role in supporting service users to make informed choices and reach their treatment and recovery goals. This elearning programme will help you have more effective conversations about OST with service users and your wider team, including prescribers.

To help you use what you have learned in practice, the elearning programme includes short videos featuring conversations between service users who are on OST and their drug treatment and recovery workers. These videos have been developed to demonstrate typical clinical scenarios.

The elearning programme includes 6 sessions.

  • Introduction to opioid substitution treatment (OST).
  • How do I support service users to start OST?
  • Optimising OST including continued use on top.
  • How do I support someone to get the most out of OST?
  • Optimising OST, including switching medication.
  • How do I support service users to reduce and stop OST?

Each session takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Sessions include further learning activities, links to further resources and a self-assessment. Some of the sessions include short videos. These videos follow 2 characters who are on OST, Moira and Bill, and demonstrate key conversations between them and their drug treatment and recovery workers.

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