SMMGP Advisory Services
SMMGP provides a range of consultancy and training services tailored to local need and designed to improve service delivery. Consultancy and training is developed and provided by experts in the field and can be delivered in person and/or online (e.g. via webinars).
The RCGP suggests 6 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) per year for generalist GPs working with people who use drugs and alcohol problematically. SMMGP provide bespoke CPD to localities which can include: training needs analysis, face-to-face training, webinars, and supporting local audits. A final report of activities is provided as part of the service.
SMMGP has a history of developing and providing training. We can provide bespoke training to local areas on a wide range of topics including all aspects of management of drug and alcohol problems in primary care, working with addiction to medicine.
SMMGP conducts reviews of service provision using quantitative and qualitative approaches to provide recommendations for service development and redesign. Service reviews consider enhancing the recovery focus in service provision.
SMMGP have conducted national needs assessments with primary and secondary care practitioners which have led to the development of national training packages.
SMMGP provides support to commissioners who require a clinical input to their proposed service designs when developing service specifications.
"SMMGP has a proud history and has made a real difference to the standard of care for patients with problematic use of alcohol managed in primary care. The e-learning project is a welcome addition and I am delighted to be associated with it. The web-based material is evidence-based, well referenced and presented in a way that makes it easy to learn. I can see real value in this resource for colleagues in primary, secondary and social care - indeed wherever patients with alcohol problems are presenting - and I wish it every success."
- Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of UK Alcohol Health Alliance (Feb 2015)
"As partners in organising Royal College of GPs National Conference: 'Managing drug and alcohol problems in primary care' - now in its 19th year - SMMGP have provided consistent high quality support from the beginning. Our successful partnership with SMMGP has enabled us to reach a wide audience across primary care with up to 550 delegates each year. SMMGP can be relied on to deliver and make full use of their excellent 21st century network to both reflect opinion, and support clinicians, across primary care."
- Dr Stephen Willott, National Chair, RCGP National Conference (Mar 2014)
"RCGP SMAH have worked with SMMGP on a number of training projects and development of RCGP Certificate courses, including the Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse. SMMGP have also supported the development of a number of clinical guidance documents, including RCGP 'Guidance for the use of substitute prescribing in the treatment of opioid dependence in primary care'.
I am always impressed with the expertise, enthusiasm and passion of the SMMGP team who are an excellent and knowledgeable partner who relentlessly promote the benefits of primary care treatment and care."
- Dr Linda Harris, Clinical Lead RCGP Substance Misuse & Associated Health (SMAH) (Mar-2014)
"On behalf of us all I just wanted to thank you very much for our session together. We all found it very useful and a positive encouragement in our work - so everyone wants to book another one in three months' time!".
- Dr Tim Robson, Meadowell Medical Practice, Watford (Feb-2014)
"SMMGP have audited our service on three occasions looking at our prescribing practice, our policies and their development, and our governance systems. Due to their knowledge and expertise they have provided us with valuable insights and driven us to change our practice in key areas. We would wholeheartedly recommend their consultancy service as second to none".
- Dr John Richmond, Delphi Medical Services
"SMMGP were commissioned through Wolverhampton PCT between 2011-2013 to support delivery of the substance misuse treatment plan in primary care. The commission covered:
- a review and audit of current clinical practice and management;
- consultative support to the Shared Care Monitoring Group in relation to revised governance arrangements;
- development and delivery of a continuing professional development framework and training programme to GPs.
All members of the team that worked with us in Wolverhampton were of a high calibre and have provided us with a level of support, learning and expertise that I don't believe is available elsewhere. Feedback from the participants to this process has been extremely positive."
- Juliet Grainger, Commissioning Manager Substance Misuse, Wolverhampton