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.

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West Sussex Drug Related Death Audit 2019

Date added: 15/10/2019

Deaths from drug poisoning affect a wide spectrum of residents in West Sussex. Whilst younger men account for a larger proportion, deaths are not attributable to a single cohort or demographic and as such, efforts to reduce early death require attention in many different areas.

This newly designed audit covers a three-year period (2015 to 2017) of all deaths from drug poisonings registered by the West Sussex coroner. It examines personal details; information relating to death; toxicology; mental health and social disorders; contact with services in the community; and thematic summaries of contexts and mechanisms leading to death.

Geographic areas have been identified as more concentrated areas of drug misuse deaths and outreach work can be targeted to these areas. Resolving the issues of compounding mental health problems appear to be a primary issue in reducing deaths from drug poisonings across a full spectrum of West Sussex residents. Messages around dangers of alcohol mixed with medications or other substances may need to be reconsidered or refocused.

West Sussex Drug Related Death Audit 2019, PDF document.

West Sussex alcohol and drugs needs assessment; final report 2014

Date added: 16/06/2014

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 Òthe last resortÓ.
  • 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.

West Sussex alcohol and drugs needs assessment; final report 2014, PDF document.

West Sussex alcohol and drugs needs assessment; summary 2014

Date added: 16/06/2014

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 Òthe last resortÓ.
  • 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.

West Sussex alcohol and drugs needs assessment; summary 2014, PDF document.

Alcohol related admissions 2005-2011

Date added: 24/07/2013

Information on the number of hospital admissions from alcohol-attributable conditions per 100,000. \n\nThis spreadsheet looks at the trend in admission from 2005 to 2011 for each district.

Alcohol related admissions 2005-2011, Excel Spreadsheet.

Alcohol related record violent crimes

Date added: 16/07/2012

Data on alcohol-related recorded and violent crimes at Local Authority level, crude rate per 1,000 population. Data is based on 2010/11 Home Office records and applied to the 2009 mid-year population estimates.

Alcohol related record violent crimes, Excel Spreadsheet.

Drinking behaviour based mid 2008 synthetic estimates

Date added: 16/07/2012

Estimates on lower, increasing, higher and binge drinking levels based on data from the 2008 General Lifestyle Survey (GHS). Definitions of each indicator are provided.

Drinking behaviour based mid 2008 synthetic estimates, Excel Spreadsheet.

Maps of licenced (alcohol/tobacco) premises in West Sussex against school location

Date added: 26/05/2010

These maps show premises licenced for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in relation to school locations.

Maps of licenced (alcohol/tobacco) premises in West Sussex against school location, PDF document.

HMP Ford health needs assessment

Date added: 15/08/2014

A report into the health and wellbeing needs of inmates in HMP Ford prepared by the Institute for Criminal Policy for WSCC and NHS West Sussex in 2010.

The report contains recommendations drawn from data analysis, stakeholder consultation, offender interviews and a literature review.

HMP Ford health needs assessment, PDF document.

Lifestyles of older people in West Sussex, 2006

Date added: 03/04/2014

West Sussex has an ageing population. The countyÕs 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.

Lifestyles of older people in West Sussex, 2006, PDF document.

Dual diagnosis needs assessment

Date added: 23/12/2014

This is the dual diagnosis needs assessment - dual refers to people who have a mental health problem and also a substance misuse problem.

Dual diagnosis needs assessment, PDF document.

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

Date added: 16/12/2013

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.

Lives of older people in West Sussex survey; summary report 2013, PDF document.

Lifestyles of 16 to 24 year olds in West Sussex 2007

Date added: 03/04/2014

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).

Lifestyles of 16 to 24 year olds in West Sussex 2007, PDF document.

Lifestyles of 14-15 year olds in West Sussex 2015

Date added: 17/11/2015

Lifestyles of 14-15 year olds in West Sussex 2015, PDF document.

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