Turning Point responds to the NCEPOD report into the care of people with alcohol-related illness

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Turning Point responds to the NCEPOD report into the care of people with alcohol-related illness.

Selina Douglas, Managing Director for Turning Point's substance misuse services, responds to the latest National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) report which finds that hospitals are missing opportunities to intervene early in the care of people with alcohol-related illness.

"This focus on opportunities for early interventions in hospitals is welcome. Good early interventions in hospitals for the care of people with alcohol-related illness do exist, but we need to ensure that priority is given to them and that the funding is there to replicate such services across the country. 

"For instance Turning Point staff, based at A and E services in Gateshead and Sunderland, are able to reach patients presenting with alcohol related issues earlier, signpost to local alcohol services and provide other relevant information and guidance. Since Recovery Navigation began at Sunderland Royal Hospital in Oct 2011, there has been a decline in the overall alcohol related attendances showing that early intervention schemes do work.

"However, we can and must, start interventions even earlier than this. Last year Turning Point supported Diana Johnson's ten minute rule motion to introduce 'Relationship, Drugs and Alcohol' education into the national curriculum - we need to ensure the right support, education and advice is available as early as possible in order to see a real and sustained impact in this area."