Public Health England, the Royal College of Nursing, the Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse (ANSA) and the National Substance Misuse Non-Medical Prescribing Forum have developed guidance to assist commissioners and providers of specialist adult alcohol and drug treatment services to identify the right workforce to meet the needs of their local populations.
It focuses on nurses and their contribution to services responding to associated physical health and co-occurring mental health needs. Nurses bring essential skills to multi-disciplinary teams, delivering a range of interventions cost-effectively.
Experienced nurses can provide advanced clinical interventions, respond to more complex physical and mental health needs and ultimately add more value.
The full report is available in PDF format here.