Alcohol Care Teams come together and share learning at fourth Clinical Network event

The Collaborative is continuing to enable and maximise Alcohol Care Teams’ potential after hosting a fourth Clinical Network event on 7th July for colleagues working in alcohol care across Cheshire and Merseyside.

40 staff from across the subregion, covering Alcohol Care Teams, Community Services, Local Authorities, Homeless Services, and mental health came together on the day, together with patient representatives.

The event was opened by Margaret Jones, Director of Public Health (DPH) for Sefton Council and co-lead for the Cheshire and Merseyside ‘Reduction of Harm from Alcohol’ programme.

The agenda covered a system and programme update; innovations in early detection of liver disease; a workshop session to co-develop plans for the rest of the year and beyond; introduction of a new initiative to help address the issue of patients drinking in hospitals; and an update from the Collaborative’s Patient and Public Involvement Group.

Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, with example comments including:

“These events really help me focus on the wider picture of ACTs, bringing together other healthcare practitioners to share their practices and experience. Feel proud to be part of it. Thank you.”

“Once again, great event with interesting material, speakers and involvement.”

“Very beneficial to us as a team to be re-motivated and get ideas.”

Margaret Jones, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Lead Director of Public Health for the Reduction of Harm from Alcohol, said:  

“We are delighted with the continued success of these Clinical Network events. It’s fantastic to see such a powerful network being created and learning being shared with teams working in alcohol care across Cheshire and Merseyside.

“We hope to see the success of these events continue and a difference being made through local area support services to patients.”

For further information on the Collaborative’s ‘Reduction of Harm from Alcohol’ programme, click here.