Drugs and alcohol

The following documents comprise data sets, needs assessments and maps providing an overview of specific health and wellbeing issues related to the use of drugs and alcohol in West Sussex.

 

 

West Sussex alcohol and drugs needs assessment; final report 2014

Date Added: 16/06/2014
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West Sussex alcohol and drugs needs assessment; final report 2014

In undertaking the needs assessment researchers examined evidence, reviewed activity and provision alongside national guidance and best practice, and engaged with a wide range of local stakeholders.

In relation to specific gaps in services and/or unmet needs, the report noted the following:

There should be an increased emphasis on recovery. As a matter of urgency there should be clear
linkages with maternity services, specialist inpatient services and some specialist adult social care.

There should be increased provision, and improved mapping, of peer support and self-help groups.
There should be stronger integration with mental health services to ensure that the needs of people
with a dual diagnosis are addressed.

Commissioners should examine the access and take up of services by people from diverse groups, including BME groups, and people living in rural areas.

Examine why there is apparent under-use of some services, including the Structured Day Service and the local residential Tier 4 detox and rehab service.

Commissioners should review the assessment panel process for Tier 4 and also ensure that that Tier 4 treatment options should be considered at the start of a treatment journey not as “the last resort”.

Work should be undertaken to improve staff wellbeing and morale, including sickness and stress levels.

There were a number of recommendations specifically relating to children and young including:-improved support for children and young people with parents/carers with substance misuse problems (including improved identification of children of substance misusers), improved staff training, expand provision of Alcohol
Identification and Brief Interventions, ensure adequate early intervention programmes and improved co-ordination of school education work.

The needs assessment also highlighted the issue of poor quality infrastructure and noted that significant investment was required to ensure buildings are fit for purpose.

Download: West Sussex alcohol and drugs needs assessment; final report 2014

West Sussex alcohol and drugs needs assessment; summary 2014

Date Added: 16/06/2014
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West Sussex alcohol and drugs needs assessment; summary 2014

In undertaking the needs assessment researchers examined evidence, reviewed activity and provision alongside national guidance and best practice,
and engaged with a wide range of local stakeholders.

In relation to specific gaps in services and/or unmet needs, the report noted the following:

There should be an increased emphasis on recovery.
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As a matter of urgency there should be clear linkages with maternity services, specialist inpatient
services and some specialist adult social care. There should be increased provision, and improved mapping of peer support and self-help groups. There should be stronger integration with mental health services to ensure that the needs of people with a dual diagnosis are addressed.

Commissioners should examine
the access and take up of services by people from diverse groups, including BME groups, and people living in rural areas.

Examine why there is apparent under-use of some services, including the Structured Day Service and the local residential Tier 4 detox and rehabilitation service. Commissioners should review the assessment panel process for Tier 4 and also ensure that that Tier 4 treatment options should be considered at the start of a treatment journey not as “the last resort”.

Work should be undertaken to improve staff wellbeing and morale, including sickness and stress levels.

There were a number of recommendations specifically relating to children and young including:- improved support
for children and young people with parents/carers with substance misuse problems (including improved identification of children of substance misusers), improved staff training, expand provision of Alcohol
Identification and Brief Interventions, ensure adequate early intervention programmes and improved co-ordination of school education work.

The needs assessment also highlighted the issue of poor quality infrastructure and noted that significant investment was required to ensure buildings are fit for purpose

Download: West Sussex alcohol and drugs needs assessment; summary 2014

Lifestyles of older people in West Sussex, 2006

Date Added: 03/04/2014
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Lifestyles of older people in West Sussex, 2006

West Sussex has an ageing population. The county’s population age structure is older than the South East region and England as a whole and presents challenges in relation to the demand for and provision of services, but also in the way that older people are perceived and included in the wider community.

This report includes sections on smoking and alcohol, carers, contact with health services, home, anti-social behaviour and vulnerability of 48,202 people aged 60+ in West Sussex.

A summary report of the Older People’s Lifestyle Survey 2013 is also available on this site

Download: Lifestyles of older people in West Sussex, 2006

Lives of older people in West Sussex survey; summary report 2013

Date Added: 16/12/2013
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Lives of older people in West Sussex survey; summary report 2013

West Sussex County Council conducted a telephone survey of 2803 residents aged 65+ and selected at random.

The aims of the survey were to understand levels of loneliness,
social isolation and participation in older people in the county and to obtain data on health, wellbeing and lifestyle.

Attached is a short summary of the findings from the report.

Download: Lives of older people in West Sussex survey; summary report 2013

Lifestyles of 16 to 24 year olds in West Sussex 2007

Date Added: 03/04/2014
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Lifestyles of 16 to 24 year olds in West Sussex 2007

This survey provides West Sussex with an important and timely insight into the health and educational determinants of young adults in further and higher education.

This report provides information on demographics, lifestyles, high-risk and sexual behaviour of young adults aged between 16 and 24 years old.

This lifestyle survey of 16 to 24-year-olds attending Further and Higher Education Colleges in West Sussex was conducted in the winter term 2006-2007 (representing the views of 2,672 young adults).

Download: Lifestyles of 16 to 24 year olds in West Sussex 2007