FDAP to close at the end of January

The Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) has announced that they will be closing at the end of January 2017 and a statement from its Board said that the ‘difficult decision’ had been made that it was ‘impossible to continue’. From the 1st February members interests will be looked after by Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP).
John Jolly, Blenheim CEO, said:
“I am sad to see that FDAP is closing at the end of this month, on behalf of Blenheim and myself I would like to say thank you to  FDAP and Carole Sharma for the great work the organisation has  done over decades in seeking to drive best practice and competence in the workforce.

The loss of the National Treatment Agency, the Skills Consortium, Drugscope and now FDAP is of huge concern as our sector heads into bleak times without the  organisations to respond effectively.  Commercial and business advantage are already driving our sector and are undermining charitable values at a time of cut throat competition and shrinking resources.

For 20 years I have campaigned and worked to ensure the competency of the workforce in our sector.  A lack of leadership and changes in organisational structures means that we are at risk of losing the professional knowledge and competence of the sector unless urgent action is taken. The drugs and alcohol sector is not alone we are seeing a loss of professionalism and competence requirements across the social care and criminal justice sectors as organisations struggle to survive by reducing the competence requirements for staff along with salaries.”

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