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Alcohol Brief Intervention Scheme

ALCOHOL BRIEF INTERVENTION SCHEME

 

WHY DO WE NEED A SCHEME?

There are many different services in Rhondda Cynon Taff that focuses on alcohol support but there are none up until now which look at non clinical preventative intervention.

WHAT IS THE SCHEME ABOUT?

Providing a brief intervention service for those individuals who consume alcohol on a harmful or hazardous level.

HAZARDOUS

Pattern of use that increases the risk of harmful consequences for the drinker, who is drinking over the sensible drinking limit but has so far avoided significant alcohol related problems.

HARMFUL

Pattern of use which is usually over the sensible drinking limit and where there is clear evidence of some alcohol related harm, but where the link may have not been made.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To raise awareness of the impact of alcohol misuse and what constitutes harmful levels of alcohol consumption to all individuals associated with the practice.
  • To provide practice staff with training and support to undertake alcohol screening assessments.
  • To provide identified individuals with an appropriate range of brief interventions.
  • To provide information, advice to individuals having alcohol related problems within the accident and emergency departments.

CRITERIA

  • Must live within Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Be 16 or over
  • Been assessed by a health professional as requiring the service
  • Must agree to the referral being made
  • Be motivated to participate in the scheme

SCREENING TOOL

  • A health professional to carry out assessment by screening tool
  • Screening tool should take 1-2 minutes to complete
  • Has an easy scoring system
  • Training can be provided to the practice in how to use the screening tool

REFERRAL

  • If the patient is suitable for the scheme they may benefit from a referral to the team.
  • Consent must be given
  • Aged 16 and over
  • Completed referral forms to be emailed, faxed or posted.

WHAT HAPPENS TO A REFERRAL?

  • Assessment within 10 working days
  • Patient led
  • Range of interventions delivered
  • Inappropriate referrals
  • Feedback to surgery on closure
  • All interventions will be undertaken by the team

WHAT WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE

For individuals:

  • A reduction in the level of harm caused by alcohol misuse
  • A reduction in alcohol consumption
  • An improvement in both physical and mental health
  • An improvement in the quality of life for the individual, carer and relatives

For Health professionals and services:

  • Tackling alcohol misuse early could prevent the onset of serious physical and mental health problems
  • Reducing the pressure on the health service
  • Reducing pressure for those that work in the health system by providing a rapid access route to refer patients

 

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