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Thursday 17 August 2017
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Trust teams up with charities to provide new drug and alcohol service for Derby

Working in partnership with charitable organisations Aquarius and Phoenix Futures, we have secured the contract to provide an integrated drug and alcohol recovery service within Derby city from 1 April 2015.

Following a competitive tender process, the three partners were awarded the three-year contract by Derby City Council to deliver an integrated drug and alcohol treatment system, including both community and complex support.

We will now seek to provide high-quality, personalised opportunities for people using drugs and/or alcohol to move towards sustained recovery and achieve a good standard of health. The initial contract period is three years, with an option for the council to extend the contract for a fourth year.

Current experience

Derbyshire Healthcare is currently responsible for the city’s complex substance misuse service, which it operates in partnership with Phoenix Futures. For the new, combined drug and alcohol recovery service, the Trust will work not only with Phoenix Futures but also Aquarius, a Midlands charity providing advice and counselling on alcohol and drugs problems. Aquarius already provides the existing family and safeguarding service for substance misuse within Derby.

What will each partner be responsible for?

Derbyshire Healthcare will serve as the lead organisation, with ultimate responsibility for the service, and will also deliver all clinical services such as medical assessments, specialist mental health support and specialist prescribing. Phoenix Futures and Aquarius will provide the essential emotional and social elements of the service such as comprehensive assessment, and recovery-focused one-to-one counselling and outreach work, to ensure that people using the service have the best possible chance of building a drug- or alcohol-free future with new skills and confidence.

'Personalised and recovery-focused treatment'

Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member at Derby City Council responsible for Adults and Health, said: “The new service will provide personalised and recovery focused treatment covering the broad spectrum of substance misuse problems that individuals face. To help make it easier for people to get support, the service will run from a range of community locations, in addition to St Andrew's House which was historically the main treatment centre. The next steps will be to integrate the family, parent and carer and recovery services in 2016.”

'Supporting people to find the hope and confidence they need'

Steve Trenchard, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been given the responsibility of such an important service within the city of Derby. People with drug and alcohol addictions often have very complex needs, with many experiencing trauma in their past, and it will be our privilege to try and give them the care and support they need to get their lives back on track, and thereby improve the lives of those around them too.

“Derby City Council has made clear that the service we provide should be focused on recovery, and that is a concept we apply to all the healthcare services we provide, both in the city and the county: we firmly believe in supporting people to find the hope and confidence they need so that they can manage any health condition and go on to live meaningful, fulfilling lives.”

'Fully integrated service'

Mat Armitage, Head of Operations at Phoenix Futures, said: “We are delighted to continue our successful relationship with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in the delivery of this fully integrated service for drug and alcohol treatment in Derby. We are particularly excited at the opportunity to work alongside our new partner Aquarius in providing the psychosocial element of this three-year contract through innovative recovery options.”

'High-quality collective service'

Helen Cochrane, Area Manager for Aquarius, said: “Aquarius are really pleased and excited to be working in partnership with Phoenix Futures and Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust to develop and deliver a high quality collective service with the best possible expertise for the people of Derby City.”

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