E4: Integrating health and social care in drug recovery and getting people back in work

Friday 29 March
13:15 – 14:30

Part A: Combined community drug recovery and hepatitis C treatment clinic – effective and beneficial

Individuals on opiate substitute therapy in Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services are offered regular Hepatitis C (HCV) testing. A third have active HCV infection but engagement rates with traditional, hospital-based treatment services are low. A new, collaborative clinic was designed to offer one-stop combined drug recovery service and HCV treatment clinic and tackle the low engagement rates.

This clinic model, its effectiveness, and its significant advantages over the traditional care model, are examined.

After this session, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the challenges faced in engaging some groups in traditional care models
2. Consider alternative, community models for HCV and other care
3. Recognise opportunities for collaborative, cohesive care in own organisations

Lee Middleton, Medical officer, Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Recovery Service; Scotland

Part B: The next frontier in quality improvement? Using QI to support people to stay in or get back into work

This session will provide an overview of an innovative service to support people to stay in or get back into work called Health & Work Support, which is being piloted in Fife and Dundee.
For the first time quality improvement methodology has been used across both employment and health services. Employment support services, GP practices and AHP teams have been using the approach to increase the number of referrals into the service.
You will get the chance to hear about the successes and challenges of using quality improvement methodology in a new area.

After this session, participants will be able to:

1. Outline the aims of the Health & Work Support pilot
2. Describe examples of how QI has been used across employment support and health services
3. Identify the opportunities and challenges when applying quality improvement within a new area

Kathryn Paterson, Improvement Lead, Health & Work Support, Scottish Government; Scotland