Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Alcohol Assertive Outreach team wins BMJ Award

Congratulations to SLaM's Alcohol Assertive Outreach team which scooped Mental Health Team of the Year at the BMJ Awards last week. They were recognised for an innovative 'alcohol assertive outreach' service that improves outcomes for alcohol-dependent patients.

Addictions Clinical Director Dr Emily Finch said: “I am delighted that their excellent work has been recognised by in this way. Receiving this award is a great morale boost for NHS addiction services which have been challenged in recent years by extensive funding cuts. This BMJ award recognises the importance of high-quality multidisciplinary NHS care for patients with complex alcohol-related needs.”

The BMJ said: "The judges praised this patient-led initiative, which included service users to identify and understand patients’ priorities and needs. The team showed clear benefit to patients and a strong economic case, including plans to scale up the model. The judges also admired the engagement with other social and healthcare teams, particularly given the multiple and complex health needs of this group".

Working with patients from five south London trusts, the team provides regular proactive support to patients at home or in their neighbourhood, rather than asking them to come to a clinic or hospital. Guy's and St Thomas' Charity provided funding to set up the service and its impact is being evaluated by a team of King's College London and CLAHRC researchers.

Professor Colin Drummond at King's College London said: "Providing more proactive care and support to this group of patients improves their health and wellbeing, releases significant cost savings for the NHS, and reduces pressure on A&E departments".

Find out more about the team.

BMJ Awards Winner Photo 2019

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