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SMMGP News Archives - 2007

Please note that the older the news item the more likely it is that details such as contact names and addresses, or links to 3rd party web sites, may have changed.

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SMMGP Membership Clinical Guidelines Survey Results

(Posted 21st Dec 2007)
SMMGP recently conducted a survey of its membership on the 2007 Clinical Guidelines on Drug Misuse & Dependence. The results can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format:

We would like to say "thank you" to all members who took part in the survey.

If you would like to be able to take part in similar surveys, why not become a member of SMMGP. It's completely free, and there are lots of benefits to joining. See the SMMGP Membership Form for more details.

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20th Edition of the "Network" Newsletter Available

(Posted 6th December 2007)
We are excited to present a Special Edition of Network. This edition has been funded by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) and has been issued in response to the publication of a plethora of important and influential guidelines and appraisal documents from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Department of Health and devolved administrations during the course of this year. This issue should quench the thirst of even the most heavily guideline dependent!

Issue 20 of "Network", the SMMGP Newsletter, is now available to read online or download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from the Newsletters section in the Resource Library.

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Substance Misuse Treatment Conference Docs

(Posted 27th Oct 2007)
Documents and presentations from the SMMGP 2nd Annual Conference on Substance Misuse Treatment in the West Midlands: "How Can We Reduce Harm?" are now available to download in the Conference Reports & Presentations section of the Resource Library.

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19th Edition of the "Network" Newsletter Available

(Posted 23rd October 2007)
Issue 19 of "Network", the SMMGP Newsletter, is now available to read online or download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from the Newsletters section in the Resource Library.

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SMMGP Primary Care Development Conference Docs

(Posted 15th Oct 2007)
Documents and presentations from the SMMGP 2nd National Primary Care Development Conference: "Bringing It Together" are now available to download in the Conference Reports & Presentations section of the Resource Library.

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Shared Care: Addaction GP & Client Satisfaction Surveys Available

(Posted 10th October 2007)
The following documents are now available to read online or download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from the Shared Care section:

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18th Edition of the "Network" Newsletter Available

(Posted 30th July 2007)
Issue 18 of "Network", the SMMGP Newsletter, is now available to read online or download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from the Newsletters section in the Resource Library.

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Good Practice Checklist for Prescribers

(Posted 10th Jul 2007)
"Good Practice Checklist for Prescribers - Methadone & Buprenorphine Prescriptions" is a controlled drugs prescribing table, which has been developed and sent out to all GPs in Brent and Harrow. We thought it was a useful resource and the Shared Care Scheme are happy to share it with us all.

The table is available to download in the Other Resources section of the Resource Library.

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Contingency Management Consultation Results

(Posted 18th Jun 2007)
SMMGP recently conducted a consultation of its membership on contingency management. This approach, which involves the giving of financial rewards to patients in return for treatment compliance, has been recommended in the draft NICE psychosocial guideline and to a lesser extent in the draft NICE detoxification guideline. It has a robust evidence base, from the US and Australia but not as yet from within the UK.

In the US it has been proven to be cost effective, but the drug treatment system is very different there. Here it remains a matter of debate within the field. We felt that it would be of value to the field for the views of SMMGP members to be published.

The results from the survey can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format:

We would like to say "thank you" to all members who took part in the survey.

If you would like to be able to take part in similar surveys, why not become a member of SMMGP. It's completely free, and there are lots of benefits to joining. See the SMMGP Membership Form for more details.

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RCGP 2007 Conference Consensus Statement

(Posted 16th Jun 2007)
RCGP Substance Misuse Conference - Consensus Statement

Getting it Right in Practice: Collaboration not Competition
12th National Conference RCGP Conference:
Management of Drug Users in Primary Care

Thursday 19th and Friday 20th April 2007
Hilton Birmingham Metropole

The Consensus Statement is available to download in the Conference Reports & Presentations section of the Resource Library, togteher with all other documents and presentations from the 12th national conference.

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New Hepatitis C Guidance Available

(Posted 30th May 2007)
Hepatitis C is an under-diagnosed and under-treated important cause of morbidity and mortality. It is a common and potentially curable disease, but only 1-2% of infected people are currently receiving NICE recommended therapy. Between 250,000 and 600,000 people in UK (0.4%-1%) have the virus and in the UK injecting drug use main route of transmission.

Every general practitioner is likely to have between 8 to 18 infected individuals and many of these patients may not be diagnosed. Knowledge about HCV in population and primary care remains low but improving and it needs to be on the top of agenda in primary care with more testing, more referral for treatment and we need to consider other sites for treatment.

These are some of the reasons why we have written this latest important document on 'Guidance for the prevention, testing, treatment and management of Hepatitis C in Primary Care'. It is available to download in the Guidance Documents section of the Resource Library, and within about 3 weeks hard copies will become available. Both versions are completely free of charge. We hope you find it helpful.

We have also created a new e-module on hepatitis C which can be found on the doctors.net web site.

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RCGP 12th National Conference Docs Available

(Posted 9th May 2007)
The Conference Handbook, presentations, workshop notes & handouts from the RCGP 12th National Conference are now all available to download in the Conference Reports & Presentations section of the Resource Library.

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17th Edition of the "Network" Newsletter Available

(Posted 5th April 2007)
Issue 17 of "Network", the SMMGP Newsletter, is now available to read online or download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from the Newsletters section in the Resource Library.

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SMMGP Membership Form Replacing Mailing List Form

(Posted 17th April 2007)
The Mailing List Options Form has now been competely replaced by our Membership Application Form.

SMMGP membership is completely free!

If all you want to do is receive regular printed and/or e-mail versions of the SMMGP Network Newsletter, then simply complete the relevent parts of the Membership Application Form... However, membership offers many more advantages if you choose to make use of them. See the Membership Application Form page for more details.

You can also use this form to let us know if your mailing details change e.g. if you move to a new address, want to use a different e-mail address, or if you want to be taken off the mailing list altogether.

Any information you supply will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be passed on to any third party.

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Recent Web Site Problems Resolved

(Posted 5th April 2007)
Apologies to everyone who was frustrated by the apparent disappearance of the SMMGP web site on several occasions during the last week. The problem affected the main web site only, with the forums site continuing to function as usual.

The exact cause of the problem on the host provider's computers proved hard to track down, but they have assured us that everything should be back to normal from now on.

It's perhaps worth mentioning that this is the first serious 'down time' the site has suffered since it originally went 'live' back in January 2000, so it's track record is pretty good so far :o)

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Results of SMMGP Web Site User Survey

(Posted 22nd February 2007)
The results from the recent SMMGP Web Site User Survey are now available, and can be seen on the "About the SMMGP Web Site" page.

Amongst other things, we leaned that the web site's 2005 redesign was for the most part greatly successful in terms of improving visitor experience. People are visiting the site more often, and finding it easier to locate the information they need. The Dr Fixit character also enjoyed an increase in popularity!

Please see the "About the SMMGP Web Site" page for full details of the survey results, and a comparison with a similar survey conducted in 2005.

We would like to say "thank you" to everyone who took part in the survey.

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Results of Network Newsletter Reader Survey

(Posted 19th February 2007)
The results from the recent Network Newsletter Reader Survey are now available, and can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format:

Amongst other things, we leaned that readers tend to regard the Network Newsletter as being very useful - the average score was 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 meant "not useful" and 5 meant "very useful". Presentation also scored a high average of 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 meant "not right" and 5 meant "excellent".

We also received a lot of interesting and constructive comments concerning content and presentation... all these are presented in the dowloadable file below:

We would like to say "thank you" to everyone who took part in the survey.

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Web Site Survey Deadline Extended

(Posted 5th February 2007)
We are trying to ensure that the SMMGP web site provides the best service it can... you can help achieve this by completing the very short and completely anonymous "SMMGP Web Site Survey".

The deadline for completing this survey has been extended until February 21st 2007... please complete it as soon as possible!

Your help is very much appreciated.

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SMMGP Funding Reduction - New Times

(Posted 3rd February 2007)
As many of you may be aware SMMGP has had a significant reduction in its central funding from the DH. This has meant that we have had to focus in on our core business of being a clinical network for primary care substance misuse. From now on we this is where all our attention will be focused. We are sure that the network itself will continue to grow and thrive.

Support SMMGP as a membership organization

As part of this shift in focus we are becoming a membership organization. Membership is free of charge but important to allow the network to continue and to thrive. To see what it entails and its benefits for you please see the Membership Application Form... it's free!

Unfortunately we will no longer be able to deliver hands on advisory services but the web site, newsletter, networking and information services will continue as before.

Sadness at SMMGP staffing cuts

Due to funding reductions and re-contracting, SMMGP has sadly had significant staff reductions.

We would like to thank Kate Halliday, and Annas Dixon, who have both recently left the project, and Christina McArthur and Mark Birtwistle who will be leaving in the new year, for their fantastic contribution to the field and to the project.

We will miss them and are saddened by the difficult re-contracting process and circumstances that have led to this. We wish them every success for the future.

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Modern Maintenance Therapy Report Available

(Posted 25th January 2007)
The following report is now available to read online or download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from the Other Resources section in the Resource Library:

Healthcare professionals with expertise in treating substance misuse met recently in London to debate current issues surrounding the future of maintenance therapy. The focus of the discussion was on the relationship between patient and prescriber and how to achieve best practice in this most complex and sensitive area. The contingent issues of supervision, diversion and practical treatment options were also examined in detail by the panel. The meeting took the form of a Socratic Dialogue and was moderated by Dr Michael Farrell.

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16th Edition of the "Network" Newsletter Available

(Posted 18th January 2007)
Issue 16 of "Network", the SMMGP Newsletter, is now available to read online or download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from the Newsletters section in the Resource Library.

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Network & SMMGP Web Site Surveys

(Posted 1st January 2007)
We try to ensure our 'Network' newsletter is interesting and useful to its readers. In order to help us achieve this we would appreciate it if you could fill in our Network Reader Satisfaction Survey.

We are also trying to ensure that the SMMGP web site provides the best service it can... you can help achieve this by completing the short and completely anonymous "SMMGP Web Site Survey".

Both these surveys will only be available unil January 31st 2007, so please complete them as soon as possible!

Your help is very much appreciated.

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Free SMMGP Membership Now Available

(Posted 1st January 2007)
SMMGP is to become a formal membership organisation, so that we can better hear your opinions and represent your views. With changes in funding and nearing the end of the 10 year Government Drug Strategy it is increasingly important that Primary Care has an organised voice within the drug treatment sector. We feel that membership will help us to consult with you more easily and allow us to provide an improved service. It will also be easier for national organisations such as the NTA, RCGP, SCAN and RCPsych to be able to consult with us.

Membership is free of charge and all you need to is complete the online Membership Application Form.

A downloadable form is also available in case you would prefer to apply by post.

The benefits of membership include: