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Key outcomes

Birmingham Public Health delivers a range of programmes in response to this strategy. Our primary role is to commission services appropriate to the needs of local communities, monitor and report on performance and communicate plans, activities and performance to stakeholders.

We commission a range of services across the Birmingham area, aimed at supporting problem drug and alcohol users.

These include:

  • shared care for substance misuse (GP prescribing)
  • community drug and alcohol treatment teams and other specialist treatment provision
  • blood borne virus service
  • detoxification and rehabilitation (including in-patient services)
  • structured day care
  • specialist and community needle exchange and pharmacy provision
  • outreach work with homeless and vulnerable groups
  • young people’s services

A variety of support and follow on services are also available including:

  • tenancy support
  • education and employment services to back up treatment and sustain recovery
  • aftercare support
  • relapse prevention
  • training opportunities
  • volunteer opportunities

Over the last few years, substantial developments have been made through the Drug Interventions Programme. The programme provides clear pathways through drug treatment and other services for those with offending and drug related problems. There has also been increased investment in the expansion of services within the primary care sector, aiming to improve involvement of users and carers in service development. Most services deal with mainly Class A drug users but some offer services for problematic use of other substances including cannabis and alcohol.