Alcohol and drug workforce development

Here you will find information that will support the Scottish Government and CoSLA’s Alcohol and Drug Workforce Statement, ´Supporting The Development of The Alcohol and Drug Workforce Statement´.

The Alcohol and Drug Workforce Statement (external link) available on the Scottish Government website is addressed to anyone who has a role in improving outcomes for an individual, families or communities with problematic drug and alcohol use. The purpose of the statement is to:

  • set out why action is required to develop the alcohol and drug workforce and to outline the important roles and contributions of those directly involved in workforce development
  • acknowledge the need for strategic leadership and expresses the responsibilities of decision makers at national and local level
  • set out learning priorities for all levels of the drug and alcohol workforce.

The Scottish Government will be developing a programme of further engagement with stakeholders to progress workforce development into the New Year.

The Workforce Statement was informed by research commissioned by the alcohol and drugs workforce development steering group during 2008 and 2009. The reports and guides produced as a result of this research are now available to download:

Training needs analysis guide (2009)

This guide provides a structured approach to finding out the training needs of the workforce and should be read in conjunction with the Alcohol and Drug Workforce Statement.

The training needs guide:

  • describes the alcohol and drug workforce steering group pre delivery reform at 2009
  • highlights the learning priorities as identified in the Workforce Statement
  • explains what a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) is and how to undertake one, which can be adapted as appropriate for different workforces

Seeking Service Users´ Views: Workforce training and development requirements (2008)

This report explores service users’ views on workforce development and provides a good example of how to engage with service users and the key issues that impact on their perception of services.

Mapping of pre and post qualification training and learning for the workforce dealing with alcohol and drug issues (2008)

The second report is a mapping of the pre- and post-qualification training and learning provision undertaken in 2008. This report maps learning opportunities and identifies gaps in provision in 2008.

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