Substance Misuse commissioning given the go ahead

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13 July, 2017


Bristol City Council’s commissioning process for drug and alcohol services (formerly known as ROADS) was given the go ahead by last week’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

Full details of the final commissioning plan, tenders and timetables can be see here:

Voscur’s involvement and facilitation of VCS participation in this process has resulted in some positive changes:

A focus group in March, led to a report of 19 recommendations. 13 of those were incorporated into the commissioning plan, including these examples:

·         Services should be community based – the strategy includes three community based community recovery centres and a Substance Misuse Liaison team to work with General Practices.

·         A shift from workshops to group work – the strategy includes peer support as a pivotal element of recovery.

·         More community detox – the strategy includes a community based detox pathway and General Practice involvement.

·         An increase in the use and availability of Naloxone, which is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.

Voscur also worked to resolve a technical procurement matter, as described by Mark Hubbard, Voscur’s Head of Collaboration and Commissioning:

“An issue had been raised about the application of the council’s financial capability assessment and its potential impact on some providers. By brokering discussions between providers and the council, we helped a solution to be reached. That includes a description of flexibility in the application of the assessment. It is our hope that, by finding an acceptable solution in this process, Bristol’s VCSE sector will make excellent, innovative proposals to provide substance misuse services in the city.”