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NHS Health Scotland's Alcohol Programme supports the implementation and delivery of the Scottish Government’s strategic approach to tackling alcohol misuse Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action (external link). The Framework is broad based, focusing on reducing alcohol consumption, supporting families and communities, developing a positive public attitude towards alcohol, ensuring that individuals are better placed to make positive choices about the role of alcohol in their lives, and improving support and treatment for those who require it.

The NHS Health Scotland cross organisation alcohol and drugs team is a multidisciplinary team with skills in evaluation, evidence synthesis, data analysis, programme management, learning and workforce development, and communications. Together we work to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Individuals and identified organisations have the competency, resources and culture to plan, deliver and evaluate high quality equitable services in alcohol and drugs.
  • The workforce is knowledgeable, skilled, confident, motivated and resourced to deliver alcohol and drug health improvement programmes effectively.
  • Individuals and identified organisations have a shared knowledge of the evidence base enabling them to inform alcohol and drug policy and practice.

The Learning and Workforce Development team advise on and create sustainable health improvement workforce development opportunities and training.  They work with advisory groups and networks to support the sharing of learning and good practice, workforce mapping and guidance documents. They provide a range of online learning modules and a virtual learning environment for trainer support and development.

At the request of Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland leads on Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland´s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS). The evaluation will comprise of a portfolio of studies which started at the beginning of 2010 and are due to finish in 2015, with the monitoring of routine data continuing beyond. The most recent MESAS report is listed in the side panel and further information on MESAS can be found at Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland´s Alcohol Strategy.

The Alcohol and Offenders Criminal Justice Research Programme aims to better understand the extent and nature of alcohol problems in offenders and which effective interventions can address them. The relationship between alcohol and crime, in particular violent crime, is clear. Therefore reducing alcohol problems in offenders has the potential for wider outcomes such as a reduction in offending and health inequalities.

The Healthy Working Lives (external link) programme encourages employers to increase staff awareness of alcohol related harm as well as giving information and guidance on the economic and social impact that alcohol and drugs can have on the organisation. Support is also given to assist employers to develop and implement workplace alcohol policies.

The cross organisation alcohol and drug team supports the Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) across Scotland to plan and deliver effective local strategies to reduce harm from alcohol and drugs. Further information on ADPs and their Core Outcomes can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Alcohol and Drugs Profiles (external link) are now available from the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) Online Profiles Tools section.  These profiles contain information on the drugs and alcohol indicators, grouped in line with the seven core outcome areas required for ADP reporting.

Updated 10 November 2014

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