About Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership

The Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) is a multi agency group with representatives from statutory and voluntary sector organisations.

It is chaired by Bill Troup, Head of Mental Health Services, Angus Health and Social Care Partnership.

The group delivers key outcomes to address substance misuse in Angus; influences the planning and commissioning of substance misuse services and ensures that the provision of these services meets local needs and priorities.

Aims:

  • provide strategic leadership across Angus for all agencies working within the alcohol and drugs field and other agencies with an important role to play such as education, housing and leisure
  • provide guidance and direction to the ADP sub groups:
    • recovery and joint working,
    • operations
    • workforce development
    • joint ADP/community planning
    • finance and commissioning
    • Focus on Alcohol Angus who have specific responsibilities for the delivery of ADP strategic priorities
  • monitor the spending of ring fenced alcohol and drugs funding in Angus
  • take decisions on how the ring fenced alcohol and drugs funding should be spent in Angus
  • ensure that service planning for alcohol and drugs is based on needs assessment information
  • decide on responses to Scottish Government requests relating to alcohol and drugs
  • monitor the work and offer direction to the ADP senior planning officer as required

Minutes of meetings are available from the ADP support team.

For more information contact the support team on 01307 492352.


Training opportunities

SMART recovery awareness training

Introduction to SMART Recovery

This one hour introductory course is suitable for anyone new to SMART Recovery who would like to know more about the organisation and the SMART Recovery Programme.

Register via the UK SMART Recovery Training Site.


Day 1- Getting SMART training

Date - future dates to be confirmed

Aims of getting SMART

To understand the tools and methods and underlying theories of SMART Recovery and be able to apply them to your own life experience.

Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • explain the principle tools and methods used in SMART Recovery and be able to apply these to your own experience.
  • explain how SMART Recovery is different from other self help / mutual aid groups
  • explain how the organisation works, the role of facilitators and the Partnership scheme

After this course

Remember that Getting SMART does not equip you to facilitate SMART Recovery meetings (as either a peer or Champion) so after completing this course we hope you will be keen to do the second half - 'SMART Facilitator'.


Day 2 - FACILITATOR training

Date - future dates to be confirmed

Aims of Facilitator training

  • To develop the skills and knowledge necessary to facilitate successful SMART Recovery meetings.
  • To increase confidence in facilitating successful SMART Recovery meetings.

Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • explain the role and responsibilities of a SMART Facilitator
  • explain the importance of each section of the SMART meeting
  • identify facilitation skills essential to a successful SMART meeting
  • explain how to use a range of tools appropriate to issues presented in SMART meetings
  • understand how to handle difficult issues that may arise in a SMART meeting

After this course

You could consider co-facilitating a SMART Recovery meeting to increase your confidence and skills, read through course materials from today's training and practice, practice, practice! When you feel ready - FACILITATE meeting and enjoy!


If you wish to book a place on the above training:

Contact Angus ADP, St Margaret's House, Forfar, DD8 1WS

Tel: 01307 492352 or email: angusadp@angus.gov.uk

Visit the UK SMART Recovery website for more information.

The SDF are now delivering a number of courses online and are taking bookings directly. Visit the SDF training page for more information and to apply.

Please contact SDF Administration Team on: 0141 221 1175 or email: enquries@sdf.org.uk if you have any general queries about future events.

Scottish Drugs Forum Charity No. SC008075.

Wednesday 20 January 2021 - 9.30am to 12.00pm


VSA training during lockdown 

Sadly, our face-to-face training is on hold during the current time - but we can now offer Interactive webinar training to support you.

Who is the training for? 

Healthcare, counsellors, education departments, social work agencies, Trading Standards, protective services, community organisations, community groups, etc.

Course content:

  • Understand what Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA) is
  • Understand the broad dangers associated with VSA
  • Know VSA mortality rates and trends 
  • Know prevalence rates as far as is possible
  • Know what products are used in VSA

Book training

Further information

Irene Scullion, Re-Solv - irene.scullion@re-solv.org

Visit the Events section on the Scottish Drugs forum website to:

  • find out about upcoming events
  • view presentations from previous events

We can arrange bespoke training. For more information contact the ADP Support Team - AngusADP@angus.gov.uk.

COVID-19 - Psychosocial mental health and wellbeing support for staff

The site covers the following topics:

  • Looking after yourself: supporting resilience and wellbeing in health and social care workers.
  • Looking after people: providing psychosocial support to patients and the public using psychological first aid.
  • Looking after your staff: responding to distress in frontline health-workers, advice for managers and organisations supporting health and social care workers.

Access using the following link:


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders module

To help overcome the longstanding misdiagnosis, misunderstanding and mistreatment of people with this life-altering condition, the Scottish Government has launched a free FASD eLearning resource on the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) website.

The module has four sections: Understanding, Preventing, Identifying and Intervening/Supporting. The completion time is estimated at 1 hour 40 minutes. More detailed resources on each section are available or referenced.

Please note that anyone can access this resource free of charge. However, it does require registering with NES/Turas, which can be done here: NES/TURAS Dashboard 

Access the module using the following link:


SDF: 'How are your sites?' - injecting wound care

This e-learning course discusses harm reduction related to injecting sites. It aims to help workers assess sites and offer accurate advice to people who inject drugs.

To undertake this course please use the following link:


SDF: Motivational Interviewing in Brief Conversations

A free e-learning course for anyone in Scotland. To learn about the processes of Motivational Interviewing, what it is and how it works.

To undertake this course please use the following link:


Hepatitis C and new treatments

Scottish Drugs Forum and Hepatitis Scotland are pleased to announce the launch of a new, free to access e-learning resource, which is dedicated to raising knowledge and awareness of hepatitis C.

The course has been launched to mark World Hepatitis Day and gives participants the opportunity to identify risk factors for hep C, understand the implications of not being diagnosed and describe the benefits of new treatments.

The concise course can be completed in around two hours, or alternatively be completed in separate sittings to provide a fully flexible learning experience.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define hep C
  • Identify risk factors for hep C
  • Understand the implications of not being diagnosed
  • Distinguish methods of testing for hep C
  • Recall previous treatments
  • Describe the benefits of new treatments

To undertake this course please use the following link:


SDF: Overdose Prevention, Intervention and Naloxone

This short e-learning course covers the key aspects of drug-related deaths in Scotland, opiate overdose prevention, intervention and naloxone basics.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarise drug-related deaths in Scotland
  • Identify an overdose
  • Explain how to prevent an overdose
  • Describe naloxone and its use

To undertake this course please use the following link:


SDF: Bacterial Infections and Drug Use

The course, 'Bacterial Infections and Drug Use', gives participants the opportunity to explore harm reduction information relevant to bacterial infection and provides an overview of the main signs and symptoms which practitioners should be aware of.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recall different types of bacteria often associated with drug use
  • Explain how bacterial contamination can occur in the context of drug use
  • Describe harm reduction information for bacterial infection in the context of substance use
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of bacterial infections
  • Produce an effective response to potential outbreaks which can be implemented in your service

To undertake this course please use the following link:


SDF: New drugs, new trends? A worker's toolkit for NPS

This course has been designed to meet the needs of workers who come into contact with people who may use Novel Psychoactive Substances (sometimes known as legal highs).

To undertake this course please use the following link:


SDF: Drug awareness - introductory course

This introductory e-learning course aims to increase workers' knowledge and awareness of key issues relating to drug use in Scotland.

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • identify a range of reasons why people use drugs
  • describe patterns of drug use
  • recall commonly used drugs in Scotland
  • understand and explain harm reduction techniques

To undertake this course please use the following link:

  • Drug Awareness - Introductory course

Alcohol and Ageing - Recognising and responding to alcohol use in people over 50

This course has been designed to serve as an introduction to recognising and responding to people over 50 who are at risk of problematic drinking and potential alcohol-related harm. It will be helpful for those who have regular contact with people over 50 who drink alcohol and may be at risk and/or may be socially isolated. This course should take around 1-2 hours to complete.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • understand the concept of life transitions and how they might impact on alcohol use in people over 50
  • understand what impact alcohol can have on a person's health
  • recognise health conditions which are associated with alcohol use in people over 50
  • respond to alcohol use in people over 50
  • understand the Ask-Provide-Ask model
  • provide advice and information on making healthier choices around alcohol

To undertake this course please use the following link:


Naloxone

View the Prenoxad Injection Training Manual (1.2 MB PDF).


Stimulant Overdose Awareness

The stimulant overdose awareness e-learning course aims to:

  1. enhance knowledge of stimulants and their effects
  2. raise awareness of situations and behaviours that increase the risk of overdose
  3. outline current advice to reduce harm
  4. clarify the main signs of overdose and options for responding

Use the following link to start the course


Trauma informed practice for the workforce

View the Trauma informed practice for the workforce video.

This animation is designed to be relevant to all workers within the Scottish workforce. It aims to support workers to know how to adapt the way they work to make a positive difference to people affected by trauma and adversity.

If you would like to increase your awareness of overdose and Naloxone please join one of these informal online awareness sessions.

  • Identify risk factors for opioid overdose
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose
  • Learn how to respond to an overdose and prepare and administer Naloxone

Dates and times

  • Wednesday 9 December, 2-3pm
  • Thursday 10 December 10-11am
  • Tuesday 15 December 10-11am

An MS Teams link will be sent to you in advance of the training once your booking has been confirmed.

How to book a place

Naloxone kits can be supplied following completion of this training on arrangement with the trainer.


If you are at risk of overdosing and would like overdose awareness training and/or Naloxone please contact Angus Integrated Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service on 01241 435820.

If you would like group training for your staff/volunteer team around the signs and symptoms of overdose and how to respond please contact the Angus ADP Support team to discuss your requirements.

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