New Integrated Service in Bexley

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the contract to provide a new integrated drug and alcohol system for adults in Bexley. South London and Maudsley will be the lead provider in a partnership with Blenheim and St Giles Trust.

The new contract builds on the high quality, effective existing services currently delivered by the partners in the area, enabling an even more integrated service to improve access for adults to get assessment, treatment and advice for substance misuse (drug and/or alcohol) related problems.

Wellbeing and recovery will be at the core of the service, supporting service users to manage their addictions and sustain recovery. Support will include personalised recovery plans, relapse prevention techniques, peer-led sessions and support, and wellbeing activities. There will also be education groups, housing support, mentoring opportunities and access to training opportunities for those who need it enabling service users to build sustainable support within their communities and also help them to achieve sustainable employment.

The service will also care for people who live in the London Borough of Bexley who are referred through the Drug Intervention Programme (DIP) and the courts on Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR) and Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR) orders.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Blenheim and St Giles Trust, have run successful services in the borough for over 20 years and have unparalleled local knowledge as well as strong ties within Bexley community networks.

Dr Emily Finch, Clinical Director of Addictions Clinical Academic Group, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said:
“This partnership combines decades of experience, expertise and invaluable resources to provide the local people of Bexley with a safe environment to get help with alcohol and drug addictions. We are thrilled to have secured this contract and look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners to help some of the most vulnerable adults in the community get on the road to recovery.”

Pam Menzies-Banton, Bexley Area Manager, Blenheim, said:
“We are delighted that we can continue our work in Bexley. We already work closely with South London and Maudsley and this is a welcome extension of our partnership work, ensuring that there is a seamless transition for our service users.”

Bernie Kastner, Community Services Manager, St Giles Trust, said:
“We are extremely pleased to be contributing to this valuable partnership and bring St Giles Trust’s peer-led approach of using professionally trained former service users to its work.”

The new service will start on 1 July 2017 and more details will be available soon.

Blenheim currently provide a drug and alcohol treatment service, Nexus, in Bexley which will be replaced by the new service on 1 July 2017.

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