The Angus Integrated Drug and Alcohol Service (AIDARS) has picked up a COSLA Excellence Award for Service Innovation and Improvement.
The award comes as Angus Health and Social Care Partnership continues to develop local substance misuse services.
AIDARS brought together the previous substance misuse services from health and local authority sectors in 2017. The service aims to provide best practice and develop innovative approaches to ensure the needs of people and their families affected by substance misuse are met within their own communities.
This has provided earlier access to a wider range of treatments, individual person-centred outcomes, and support to the wider family and communities of Angus.
Bill Troup, Head of Service for Angus Health and Social Care Partnership, said, “I’m delighted that the team has been recognised for their hard work and for the difference they make to people’s lives locally.
“Since AIDARS started the team has increased the number of people they see and reduced waiting times meaning people are getting into treatment faster. Before the team was established it took an average of 53 days, now it’s 18 days. The service also offers evening appointments which make it easier for patients who are employed, in training or education or who have caring responsibilities to access treatment and attend appointments.”
Substance misuse continues to be a significant issue in Angus which impacts on whole families and whole communities. Angus Alcohol and Drug Partnership (Angus ADP) is the local strategic planning group with a membership comprising third sector, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, children and justice services and the Health and Social Care Partnership.
Angus ADP is focused on building local services that will best meet the needs of people in Angus. Recent developments include joint working between the ADP, Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service colleagues to offer support for anyone who experiences a non-fatal overdose.
Resources have been put in place to create ‘Recovery Communities’ led by people in recovery across Angus to provide a social hub for people in recovery. There has also been investment in participatory budgets which support local communities in identifying what they need and deciding where money is best spent to offer alternatives to young people.
Commenting on the recent work, Bill Troup said, “The Health and Social Care Partnership is happy to endorse the work of the ADP and we are confident that it will make a real difference to lives of Angus people.”