Gateshead contractors and staff have regular updates with the substance misuse team, but there have been none in South Tyneside for many years - and this one has been a long time coming...
It was a truly informative, and enjoyable, evening of networking with staff from the substance misuse service and colleagues who offer supervised administration of drugs.
We heard background on how the service operates for the benefit of service users, the guidelines that are used by the service and the reasons behind the guidelines. We tackled some scenarios in small groups that helped us to think about clients in perhaps a different way. Pharmacy staff were able to highlight services that are available in pharmacies to the substance misuse staff and how community pharmacy can add to the care of these often very vulnerable people with many co-morbidities.
We all took something away from the meeting, and agreed that this type of forum was a good way to improve communications.
We also agreed that a regular update/networking meeting would be desirable...The LPC will advertise the next update as soon as details are sorted, but in the mean time if you would like a particular topic on the agenda, please email the committee.