NHS Calderdale CCG invests in TBRP

NHS Calderdale CCG invests in TBRP to help improve Recovery from Addiction across Calderdale

As part of its healthcare planning in 2013/14, NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has invested £2m of one-off grants in local schemes, to help improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Calderdale. Two of these schemes; Mutual Aid Facilitation and Community Detoxification Support, will be run by The Basement Recovery Project.

Dr Alan Brook, Chair, NHS Calderdale CCG said: “These schemes represent over £2m of investment into the sector [voluntary and community] and will make a positive contribution to the lives of people of Calderdale. The investment will also help to develop a vibrant third sector that NHS Calderdale CCG will be able to commission services from in the future.”

Michelle Foster, CEO, TBRP said: “We are delighted that NHS Calderdale CCG is investing in our two projects, and in particular Recovery”. She describes the projects as follows:

“Calderdale has no in-borough detox facilities, and over the last 3 years, NHS Calderdale has spot purchased in-patient detoxification episodes from external placements. Approximately one third of these placements are for patients who have little or no support network at home and/or unsuitable living conditions rather than those having specific clinical needs that require specialist in-patient detoxification in a clinical setting. This has placed a demand on funding resources, limiting the capacity for more detoxifications, and has not allowed for the cultivation of strong local peer support during this vulnerable time.

TBRP will be delivering a community-based, peer-led detoxification support service. Specifically, we will provide safe, secure and staffed accommodation and mutual aid peer support to those clients who have mild to moderate medical needs, who would ordinarily require home detoxification if they had the appropriate support. The project will provide a support service that doubles the existing commissioned capacity and improves the outcomes of community detoxification within Calderdale, whilst supporting the current development of a visible social network of recovery from substance misuse in Calderdale.

Local clinicians, both GPs and the specialist substance misuse services, will benefit from being able to offer detoxification both more readily and perhaps more often, and those using the service will have a better chance of a life free from drugs or alcohol.

Our Mutual Aid project will introduce and roll-out mutual aid facilitation and provide a one year training package which will create an opportunity to increase the numbers of people recovering from substance/alcohol misuse, reduce the gap in mortality rates between our most advantaged and disadvantaged communities, and embed a self-help pathway of care from community/ GP to recovery. We understand the importance of peer support networks in services and treatment systems and yet the full potential of having integrated mutual aid provision remains largely unrealised.

People who participate in mutual aid groups typically increase the likelihood of sustaining their recovery as well as improving their physical and emotional health and wellbeing. The social support and mutual aid available in a group may be critical to an individual’s recovery, rehabilitation, or healthy coping. Group members can offer unconditional support, and collectively, are a repository of helpful experiential knowledge. Mutual aid groups also provide an intact community and a sense of belonging. If you don’t belong to a group and decide to join one, you cut your risk of dying over the next year by 50%.

We will be providing training for health professionals and service users”.

Anyone interested should contact the office for more information on 01422 383063 or by email: admin@thebasementproject.org.uk

Article featured in RecoveryTimes issue  6