News

The latest news releases from Turning Point are listed below.

Press Releases

19 September 2017 | Substance Misuse

Police and Crime Commissioner visits Turning Point substance misuse service

Lord Bach spoke to peer mentors, the police liaison officer and staff. Discussions included the use of Naloxone by the service and how this innovative medication can help to save people’s lives. Caroline Gadsby from Turning Point in Leicester and Leicestershire said: “We really enjoyed welcoming...
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28 July 2017 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point supports World Hepatitis Day

“Hepatitis continues to be a disease that significantly impacts on people’s quality of life in the UK. In spite of having effective vaccinations for Hepatitis B and increasingly effective treatment for Hepatitis C, we have far too many people still being infected and ultimately dying...
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14 July 2017 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point responds to new Drug Strategy, out today

“Turning Point welcomes the release of the new Drug Strategy today, especially as we face changing trends in people’s drug and alcohol use. People continue to use New Psychoactive Substances despite criminalisation last year; there is an increasing number of people using image- and performance-enhancing...
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10 July 2017 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point sexual health service holds launch event in London

Support and Advice on Sexual Health, a new sexual health service in London, has been launched to equip people with better knowledge on sexual health, and to provide people with necessary support and advice. Having opened on 1st April, the service held its official launch at...
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05 May 2017 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

Turning Point chef reaches Care Chef of the Year finals

Paul will be competing against 11 other finalists after making it through the northern region competition on 15th March. Chefs are challenged to devise new and exciting recipes while keeping to a strict budget and meeting nutritional standards. They will be judged on innovation, costing, suitability...
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11 April 2017 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

All Party Parliamentary Group for Dual Diagnosis and Complex Needs: call for evidence

The evidence will be presented at a roundtable event in June, chaired by the Minister for Civil Society, and will bring together leaders from across the health and social care system. A report will be published at the end of the summer along with a short...
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04 April 2017 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

New sexual health service, with a greater focus on educational and employment support, launches in West London

The service will be delivered from four main hubs, located at: Westminster – 209a Harrow Road, Westminster Kensington and Chelsea – Earls Court Health Centre, 2b Hogarth Road, London, SW5 0PT Westminster – 31 Wardour St, London, W1D 6PT Hammersmith and Fulham – 30 Blacks Rd, Hammersmith A seamless service...
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03 April 2017 | Substance Misuse

New substance misuse service opens its doors in Slough

START also includes a service specifically for young people affected by drug and alcohol misuse. The new service offers support such as advice and information, access to substitute prescribing, harm reduction, group work, a needle exchange, and allocated workers to provide consistent support and motivation. Vikki Lake,...
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22 March 2017 | Substance Misuse

Leicester South MP visits Turning Point substance misuse service

The service is relatively new, having opened its doors to local residents on 1st July 2016 to provide support to people who are affected by drugs or alcohol and want support to make a change in their life. Some of the support includes one-to-one sessions,...
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10 March 2017 | Substance Misuse

Submissions open for fourth Recovery Street Film Festival

This year’s competition theme ‘Making up for lost time’ is encouraging people to give an honest and personal account in an innovative way. This could be thinking about something that you wish you had said, regrets that you would undo or 24 hours that changed...
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21 February 2017 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point’s Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service welcomes local Mayor and Member of Parliament

Cllr Terry Gibson, Mayor of Chippenham, and Michelle Donelan, MP for Chippenham, each valued the opportunity to learn about the service through talking to members of staff. The Mayor also attended group sessions to experience some of the support offered first-hand. Following the visit, Cllr Gibson...
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20 February 2017 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

Rachael Maskell MP visits Yorkshire Women’s Service, Garrow House

On Wednesday 15th February, Rachael Maskell MP visited Garrow House, a women’s service run by Turning Point, The Retreat and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust through the Northern Pathways joint venture. Garrow House is a Tier 4 Personality Disorder service for women commissioned by...
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18 January 2017 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale announced as new Chair of Social Enterprise UK

Lord Adebowale is currently Chief Executive of Turning Point, a social enterprise providing specialist and integrated services which focus on improving lives and communities across mental health, learning disability, substance misuse, primary care, the criminal justice system and employment. A cross-bench peer, he is also...
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20 December 2016 | Substance Misuse

Nicky Morgan MP visits Turning Point substance misuse service

The purpose of the visit was to show the local MP the kind of support that is on offer to local residents. This includes one-to-one sessions, counselling, detoxification and rehabilitation, harm reduction and signposting to other support services. Reflecting on the visit, Nicky Morgan said: ‘I’d...
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14 November 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point supporting Alcohol Awareness Week

The theme this year is ‘Alcohol and Health’, with the aim of demonstrating how excessive alcohol consumption can lead to various mental and physical health issues including cancer, depression, dementia, diabetes, hypertension and brain damage. Turning Point services from Leicester to London will be running events...
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11 November 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point launches Residential Detox and Rehab Wellbeing Cloud

The site is currently live in Manchester, Cumbria and Cheshire for our Inpatient Detox and Residential Rehabilitation services but will soon be rolled out in other locations where Turning Point delivers services. The website makes support and advice easily accessible, and offers opportunities for remote appointments....
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21 October 2016 | Substance Misuse

Gordon Henderson MP visits Turning Point’s substance misuse service in Swale, Kent

Mr Henderson was given a tour of the building and spoke to Turning Point peer mentors – people who once accessed the service who now use that experience to provide support to others on their journey to recovery. Mr Henderson said: ‘It is important that more...
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14 October 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point launches East Kent Wellbeing Cloud

The website, which makes support and advice easily accessible, and offers opportunities for remote appointments, will soon be rolled out in other locations where Turning Point delivers services. As well as providing useful information for service users, the inspiration section contains stories from people who have...
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14 October 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Social Saturday event in Oxford to celebrate businesses that put people and planet first

Social enterprises are businesses that trade to meet a social or environmental mission. There are around 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing nearly a million people and contributing £24 billion to the economy. Turning Point’s Refresh Café is a social enterprise set up to promote...
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20 September 2016 | Substance Misuse

Chester resident uses art to inspire recovery from substance misuse

Andrew overcame a 20 year history of cocaine and amphetamine use, for which he accessed support from Turning Point. It is his artwork which has helped him to sustain his recovery and remain substance free. Andrew said: ‘I hope this can inspire other people to spark...
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24 August 2016 | Substance Misuse

Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service produces helpful pocket guide for Notting Hill Carnival

As Europe’s biggest street festival, Carnival is a vivid spectacle representing London's multicultural past and present. It can be a great time to get together with friends and family and to enjoy some of the great food and culture on offer in the capital. To ensure...
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24 August 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point launches Wakefield Wellbeing Cloud

The site is currently live in Wakefield, but will soon be rolled out in other locations where Turning Point delivers services. The website makes support and advice easily accessible, and offers opportunities for remote appointments. As well as providing useful information for service users, the inspiration...
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02 August 2016 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

Thousands with mental health issues who also misuse drugs and alcohol are denied treatment, says Turning Point

In a new report published today (2nd August), the health and social care organisation reveals that tens of thousands of people in the UK have a known 'dual diagnosis' where addiction overlaps with mental health conditions. Many more are struggling alone with this problem because...
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28 July 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point's Mark Shepperd comments on World Hepatitis Day 2016

‘Public Health England (2015) estimates there are around 214,000 individuals chronically infected with hepatitis C in the UK, making this an urgent public health issue. It is our role to work towards eliminating the virus through treatment, vaccinations, and increasing awareness around the risks of...
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27 July 2016 | Substance Misuse

New Resolution Clinic launches in Central London

The service is part of the new Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service delivered by Turning Point and Blenheim. Open every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 5pm – 9pm, the clinic offers one-to-one professional advice, counselling, appointments with a nurse, and more for those wanting to...
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20 July 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale responds to Health Select Committee report

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said: ‘The findings of the report are unsurprising and show what many in the sector know already: by excluding public health, education and training from the Department of Health’s budget, the quality of health and social care...
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15 July 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point accredited with Silver Award by Investors in People

IIP measure the quality of how organisations lead, support and manage people for sustainable results. Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said: ‘This is an excellent result and I am very proud of our staff for their hard work. Investors in People were particularly impressed...
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13 July 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point and Blenheim launch new Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service in London

The new service (previously called the Recovery and Wellbeing Network) aims to support people to live substance free through counselling; increased access to education, training and employment; group support; and signposting to other local services. Residents are able to access help from a team of doctors, nurses,...
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04 July 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point substance misuse service hosts Art Trail in London

The art show, which took place on the evening of Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June, was an opportunity for service users supported by Turning Point and Blenheim to display their work alongside emerging and established local artists. Lisa Harston, Community Development Coordinator at Turning Point...
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01 July 2016 | Substance Misuse

New Turning Point drug and alcohol support service across Leicester and Leicestershire

The service aims to provide joined up support that improves access and responds quickly to changing drug and alcohol trends. The service brings together different providers into a new, whole-system approach that supports better outcomes for people with substance misuse issues, as well as the...
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24 June 2016 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

Turning Point and Living Well working together for a healthier London

Health Trainer services are operating across London's three boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster. They are able to provide advice on healthy eating, physical activity, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol consumption and stress. Advice is also...
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16 June 2016 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

Londoner recognised for support for gay men affected by domestic violence and chemsex

Since overcoming substance misuse, Paul Doyle has remained drug-free and used his skills and experience to set up a 6-bed supported living project for gay men affected by domestic violence. The service still operates today, providing general advice and support. As well as this, Paul has...
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13 June 2016 | Substance Misuse

Reminder to submit your short films for Recovery Street Film Festival 2016

The winning films will be picked by a panel of experts, including people shortlisted in last year’s festival, and will be shown at locations across the UK including Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield and London. The aim of the festival is to break down stigma by opening...
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10 June 2016 | Substance Misuse

Councillor Gordon Cowan visits Turning Point in Dover

Svajune Ulinskiene, Hub Manager at Turning Point in Dover said: ‘Our peer mentor and service user representative programme offers people the chance to get support from others who have experienced substance misuse issues. Councillor Cowan was able to meet people involved in the programme and...
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09 June 2016 | Substance Misuse

Ben Gummer MP visits Turning Point’s Suffolk Recovery Network

The visit provided an opportunity to demonstrate the support that is on offer through group sessions, clinical services, the youth team, the Welcome Café and alternative therapies. John Carlin, Senior Operations Manager at Turning Point’s Suffolk Recovery Network said: ‘Welcoming our local Member of Parliament was...
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01 June 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point supports Nursing Associate plans

Health Education England (HEE) said that there was 'real appetite' for the role following a consultation, and has announced that 1,000 students will start training for the new role in January 2017 across test sites. The new role is expected to work alongside care assistants and...
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31 May 2016 | Substance Misuse

Working together across East Kent

This week over 40 GPs, pharmacists, health trainers and social care staff attended to hear about Turning Point’s Resolution Clinic, an evening service for people concerned about their alcohol use, and a presentation by Dr Vincent Malawo on Alcohol Dependency Treatment. Andy Power, Senior Operations Manager...
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26 May 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point to support people across Leicester and Leicestershire

Turning Point is a leading health and social care organisation with over 50 years’ experience of supporting people with complex needs including substance misuse, mental health issues, learning disability, unemployment, housing needs and offending behaviour. The aim of the service is to provide integrated community...
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11 May 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point’s tele-coaching support reduces hospital admissions

‘We know that people are often sent home prematurely, without the necessary coordination or community response in place. This increases the risk of harm and people returning to hospital, instead of being supported properly in their own homes. The answer is not, however, simply to...
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10 May 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point supports Public Health Suffolk’s ‘Don’t Bring the Pub Home’ campaign

The campaign aims to raise awareness of parental alcohol misuse and has resulted in a series of short films that calls on parents to question their relationship with alcohol. The films draw attention to the hidden harms of alcohol, not just the effect it has on...
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03 May 2016 | Substance Misuse

Outreach support in Rochdale now provided by Turning Point

Recently, the service absorbed Stepping Stones Floating Support which helps vulnerably housed people. The aim of the service is to enable people to live independently and safely in their own homes by providing advice on tenancy management and supporting clients to maintain their recovery. Vicky Wright,...
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28 April 2016 | Substance Misuse

Celebrating one year of the Suffolk Recovery Network

The event provided an opportunity to demonstrate the support that is on offer through alternative therapies, group sessions, clinical services, the youth team, the Welcome Café and more. Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Turning Point’s Chief Executive also attended the event and spoke about the ‘incredible support’...
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25 April 2016 | Substance Misuse

Recovery Quilt made by Turning Point service users displayed in London

On display at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London since 12th April, the Recovery Quilt is open to the public until Thursday 28th April. Jane Norton, Recovery Worker at Turning Point in Glastonbury and creator of the project said: ‘The Glastonbury Recovery Quilt was inspired by the AIDS, or...
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21 April 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale speaks at the West Yorkshire — Finding Independence annual conference

Speaking to an audience of local authority and health commissioners, members of the police, ambulance service and third sector organisations, he said people with multiple needs often fall through the cracks of the health system as agencies are not working closely together. Victor asked: ‘Who is...
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20 April 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale addresses E-Health conference

He referred to developments by NHS England to widen digital participation and Turning Point’s integration of digital solutions into the delivering of their services. Reflecting on day one of the conference, Lord Adebowale told delegates that the majority of the population have access to computers, are...
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20 April 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale addresses GPs and Senior Practice Managers at Local Medical Committees conference

The aim of the conference, which took place at the Emirates Stadium, was to involve London GPs and senior practice staff in understanding the challenges and future opportunities of providing good quality healthcare. Lord Adebowale, speaking on the wider determinants of health, shared his concern that...
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12 April 2016 | Substance Misuse

Recovery Street Film Festival 2016 welcomes short films from public

The competition opens for submissions today, 12th April, and closes on 29th July. The winning films, picked by a panel of experts, will be shown at locations across the UK. The Recovery Street Film Festival is led by a group of drug and alcohol treatment charities, including Action...
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01 April 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point launches Housing Support in Cumbria

Operations Manager, Mary Grace Brown said: ‘We have been operating in the local area for a number of years now, so we’re very well-placed to be delivering this new service. We have strong connections and a real commitment to the local community and look forward...
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01 April 2016 | Substance Misuse | Greater London

Turning Point and Blenheim open new integrated drug and alcohol service in London

Building on existing provision, the new service will increase the number of residents in treatment; increase opportunity to access support in the community and at home; and increase access to Education, Training and Employment support in order to promote an ethos of ambition for individual...
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09 March 2016 | Substance Misuse

Evaluation report on Turning Point’s smoking cessation pilots released today

The final evaluation report of the pilots has been released today and concludes that Turning Point has significantly improved access to smoking cessation interventions for those who may access Turning Point but struggle to access other services in the community. By adopting an approach of ‘Ask,...
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24 February 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point shares concerns on the future of supported housing for vulnerable groups

On this issue, John Campbell, Managing Director for Mental Health services at Turning Point said: ‘We are extremely concerned by the National Housing Federation’s recent findings that over 2,500 sheltered housing units are being scrapped or delayed. Housing is a cornerstone of people’s independence, whether...
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28 January 2016 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

Lord Adebowale stresses the importance of secure and affordable housing in House of Lords speech

During the speech, he talked about the effects of the housing shortage on people with mental health conditions and those recovering from substance misuse. Both the Office for National Statistics and Shelter have outlined the need for more homes to be built, yet Shelter have...
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08 January 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point's Chief Medical Officer responds to new alcohol guidelines

'The Chief Medical Officer for England’s new guidance around alcohol, which includes reducing the upper limit of low risk drinking to 14 units a week for men as well as women, will come as a surprise to many members of the public and possibly be...
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08 January 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point's Managing Director for Public Health responds to new alcohol guidelines

'We welcome the CMO's new alcohol guidelines showing that there is not actually a ‘safe’ alcohol limit. Given the increasing evidence that shows rising costs and health implications of alcohol, it is important that both men and women are aware of the risks and are...
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06 January 2016 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point offers support to those affected by alcohol misuse in the new year

As January can be a particularly tough time, here are a few tips to help you cope: Talk to people around you: If you have a support network – friends, family, or colleagues – use it. Talking about your problems can be a great way to...
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18 December 2015 | Substance Misuse

Party guides launched at Turning Point’s South Westminster Drug and Alcohol Service in time for the Christmas period

The booklet – free of charge for anyone who wants advice – offers tips on safe amounts of alcohol to consume and how to keep yourself safe from harm. There is also useful information for London residents including the range of support services that are on...
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16 December 2015 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point's Didcot service a valuable addition to communities across South Oxfordshire

The hub, located on Station Road, is open five days a week. A daily programme offers a range of group work sessions, one-to-one counselling and medical support from professionals such as nurses specialising in blood-borne viruses. Service users can access activities such as boxing, a football...
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10 December 2015 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Adebowale shares his four rules of engagement

At the event, attended by over 100 delegates from across the NHS, community and voluntary sector, Victor outlined Turning Point's model of Connected Care - a methodology that trains local residents to be Community Researchers who inform the design and delivery of health and social...
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09 December 2015 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point publishes 2014/15 Annual Report to Tenants

The report captures successes from the last year; from growing our peer mentor programme to embedding a new recovery charter designed by people from our mental health services, to the first national meeting of the People’s Parliament – a forum led by people with learning...
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04 December 2015 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point launches Oxfordshire Wellbeing Cloud

The site is currently live in Oxfordshire, but will soon be rolled out in other locations where Turning Point delivers services. The website makes support and advice easily accessible, and offers opportunities for remote appointments. As well as providing useful information for service users, the inspiration section...
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01 December 2015 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point's Mark Shepperd releases statement for World AIDS Day

‘There are still many myths that surround HIV and AIDS, so on World AIDS Day we’re encouraging the people we support to be better informed; to take control and get tested. ‘People who misuse substances are at increased risk of contracting HIV, so our message to...
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25 November 2015 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale's response to the Comprehensive Spending Review

'The extra investment in the NHS and recognition of further funding needed for mental health is welcome, but health outcomes will be undermined if investment in social care and public health is inadequate. 'Local authority leaders are saying enough is enough in regards to challenges they're...
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25 November 2015 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Mark Shepperd's response to the Comprehensive Spending Review

'Despite increased funding for the NHS it is still to be confirmed how local public health services will fare in the years ahead. Public Health is an essential component of preventing longer term, more costly issues developing and cutting the budget, even while safeguarding the...
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30 October 2015 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lords debate on the Criminal Justice System

The debate was proposed by Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour), author of The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives, published in July 2015. Contributing to the debate, Victor said that management of young adults in the criminal justice system requires a distinct approach and those who remain...
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21 October 2015 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point and Breaking Free enter long-term national partnership

Breaking Free Online is an evidence-based online treatment and recovery programme for substance dependence. It harnesses the latest digital technology to make effective interventions more powerful, engaging and accessible than ever before. Using Breaking Free Online means Turning Point will be able to offer all its...
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09 October 2015 | Substance Misuse

Improving smoking cessation in drug and alcohol treatment

The summary shares early learning from Turning Point’s implementation of evidence-based smoking cessation interventions, training and processes across nine sites. Key elements of the pilot programme included assessing service user smoking prevalence to provide a baseline for comparing future prevalence; assessing workforce attitudes and behavioural staff...
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09 April 2015 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point’s Director of Operations for Substance Misuse, Jay Stewart, responds to news of Temporary Drug Class Orders issued on some legal highs.

“It’s encouraging to see the government taking a considered approach to the very real threat that legal highs pose to communities and individuals in the UK. This order will draw attention to the issue, and allow the gathering of evidence about these substances. It will...
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07 April 2015 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point launches integrated substance misuse services in Oxfordshire

We will have services in Oxford, Didcot, Banbury, Bicester and Witney along with other community bases and a roving recovery vehicle, making it easier for people to access the support they need. You can find out more about the service here. Darren Woodward, Director of Transformation for Substance...
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02 April 2015 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point launches integrated substance misuse services in Suffolk

The Suffolk Recovery Network will offer support to adults and young people affected by drug and alcohol misuse, working closely with local organisations such as Iceni, Suffolk Family Carers and AIR Sports Network, to make sure that the right interventions are available at the right...
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19 March 2015 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point Operations Director Darren Woodward addresses summit on drug and alcohol services

The focus of his talk was integrated public health services, and particularly how drug and alcohol services can act as more effective elements of an integrated public health system. 70% of people who access Turning Point's substance misuse services have a diagnosed mental health issue, which may have as much,...
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12 March 2015 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point working with recreational drug users at Kent University

The service runs a drop-in clinic at the University campus, and attends Freshers' week as well as other student events throughout the year, to make sure that students are aware of the support that is available to them, and that they know how to access it, should that be...
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25 February 2015 | Substance Misuse

Westminster clinic for steroid users responds to changing client demographic

Recently, Smart Muscle has seen a significant rise in the number of younger adults attending its services. This is in contrast to previous users of the services, who have generally been older men, engaged in body-building or similar activities. Some of the young adults who visit the service now...
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20 January 2015 | Substance Misuse

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, responds to Nick Clegg’s announcement of a new programme to improve mental health care provision in the UK.

"The Deputy Prime Minister's call to address stigma is also important, and an issue that everyone can help tackle. A willingness to discuss suicidal feelings and other mental health challenges does a huge amount to reduce the stigma that makes life harder for those experiencing mental ill-health, and which...
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30 December 2014 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point and Living Well to provide new Health Trainer services

Health Trainers provide a service designed to improve wellbeing and combat the causes of chronic lifestyle-related diseases. Health Trainers are local individuals trained to identify and make contact with other local people to improve lifestyle choices such as healthy eating, weight loss, increasing physical activity and stopping smoking. Such factors...
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10 December 2014 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point Managing Director for Substance Misuse and Offending to address key conference on substance dependency.

The event, entitled Drug and Alcohol Misuse - Understanding the Impacts of Dependency, will welcome senior attendees from government, the NHS and the third sector. Delegates will attend presentations and workshops on subjects including legislation, commissioning, treatment and strategy. Ms. Douglas will speak on 'The Road to Recovery', with her presentation...
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26 November 2014 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point responds to the Winterbourne View – Time for Change report on ensuring people with learning disabilities that challenge are supported correctly

"Despite the horror of Winterbourne View, and subsequent determination to tackle the issues that the scandal exposed, there has been a collective failure of the learning disability community, politicians and statutory provision to effect the changes needed to reduce the number of people in assessment and treatment units across England...
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17 December 2013 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point responds to ONS bulletin ‘Drinking Habits Amongst Adults 2012’

"Whilst it is good to see a fall in the overall number of men and women drinking, this bulletin clearly shows we still have a long way to go in terms of addressing our drinking habits in the UK. The bulletin shows that younger adults were less likely to...
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04 June 2013 | Substance Misuse

The Alliance to work in HMP Ashfield

Nerys Anthony, Head of Justice and Performance says; 'This is an opportunity for us to work in a new area, building on our experience of managing complex cases, both within a custodial environment and the community, to reduce reoffending.'...
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07 January 2013 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point to deliver new substance misuse services in Gloucester, Wiltshire, East Kent and Northumberland

Comprising all elements to address and prevent problematic drug and alcohol use, the services will include prescribing, structured and unstructured delivery, criminal justice and harm reduction/preventative services, delivered by a multi-disciplinary team. Turning Point was also successful in our bid to provide some of the new Integrated Drug Service in Northumberland....
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20 November 2012 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health | Employment

Turning Point comments on Chris Grayling's rehabilitation speech

"The evidence supporting the efficacy of reducing re-offending projects is overwhelming, we already know through our criminal justice services how issues such as housing, employment and emotional support affect re-offending rates. Mentoring services could provide the foundational shift that is needed to avert our country's high re-offending rates. Chris Grayling's...
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11 September 2012 | Substance Misuse

Supporting Children affected by Parental Alcohol Misuse

"2.6 million children are living in the UK with parents who are drinking hazardously. Frequently this alcohol misuse remains hidden and it's the children's voices all too often that go unheard. A survey of 100 parents who access Turning Point's alcohol treatment service conducted as part of our Bottling...
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05 September 2012 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point call for A and E specialists

Jackie Kennedy, Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services, says this would identify dependent drinkers and get them into treatment quicker. Her comments are in response to new figures showing that A and E staff dealt with 1.2 million admissions last year- an increase of more than 50,000. She says:...
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28 August 2012 | Substance Misuse

New Research Suggests Cannabis Affects IQ: Turning Point comments....

"This research underlines the need for specific services and early interventions for young people beginning to develop patterns of drug misuse. Nipping addiction in the bud, preventing graduation to harder drugs, and stemming the onset of not only a poorer intellect, but also mental health generally, is best achieved...
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17 August 2012 | Substance Misuse

Russell Brand documentary - From Addiction to Recovery

"Last night's documentary brought welcome attention to the potential of prison-based rehabilitation to help people recover from addiction and the important role of community based services. We do not, however, agree with one of the conclusions drawn that success is based purely on abstinence. There is an extremely strong evidence...
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16 August 2012 | Substance Misuse

Local Alcohol Profiles for England

"Looking at the figures released by the North West Public Health Observatory, it comes as little surprise that the poorest communities also have the most socially excluded and alcohol misuse prone residents. There is much to do to address this inequality, and the Government must look more carefully at...
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26 July 2012 | Substance Misuse | South East England

Turning Point trains students to be peer educators

Over 20 Year 11 pupils from eight of the Royal Borough's secondary schools - Altwood, Cox Green, Charters, Desborough, Furze Platt, Newlands, Windsor Boys' and Windsor Girls' - will be undertaking a four-day training course to teach them how to provide drug, alcohol and sexual health awareness sessions to...
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09 July 2012 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale sets out his ambitions for public health

Speaking at a national seminar on Monday 9 July, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said that 'public health needs to be a priority across all public services.' 'There is an opportunity to reboot public health which needs to be taken. There are many examples of good...
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06 July 2012 | Substance Misuse | South West England

One year anniversary of Somerset SMART Recovery service

For the last 12 months weekly meetings have been held inGlastonbury, Frome,Bridgewater, Yeovil andTauntonwhere participants are supported in their recovery to build and maintain motivation; cope with urges, manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours and live a balanced life. Michael Huck from Turning Point Community Access Programme coordinating SMART acrossSomersetsaid, "We're so...
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15 February 2012 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point comments on proposals to cut binge drinking

Commenting on the Government's proposals on tackling problem drinking, Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services Selina Douglas said: "Any new alcohol strategy or measures aimed at tackling alcohol abuse must include early identification of people who regularly misuse alcohol. In particular, we need specialists in hospitals to identify dependent drinkers...
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09 January 2012 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point statement on Alcohol Guidelines report

Commenting on the Science and Technology Committee's Alcohol Guidelines report, released today, Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services, Selina Douglas said: "We agree that advising people to have two alcohol free days a week could be a beneficial addition to the safe drinking guidelines. It's also important to intervene...
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13 December 2011 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point Launches Bottling It Up

Thousands of children living with parents with drink problems are at risk of depression, anxiety and increased anger. Alcohol misuse within families is an escalating concern, according to a new report published today (Tuesday). The findings from Turning Point, the health and social care organisation, reveal that parents who misuse...
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01 December 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

Co-production: Giving Communities a Helping Hand

Co-production* is an important factor in health integration. By empowering communities, it delivers improved health care, innovation and better outcomes for patients, according to a new report by the NHS Alliance and Turning Point, with the support of National Voices. Raising the Bar: Driving Co-production through Clinical Commissioning puts co-production at...
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16 November 2011 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point Comments on Rise in Ketamine Problems

Commenting on the Drugscope Drug Trends Survey 2011, released today, which showed Ketamine problems are on the rise, Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services, John Mallalieu said; "Turning Point's own services have experienced almost a 40% increase in Ketamine users over the last three years, so this survey very much...
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17 October 2011 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point Comments on FRANK Re-launch

Health and social care organisation Turning Point, today welcomed the re-launch of FRANK - the national drugs information and advice service provided by the Department of Health (DH), the Home Office (HO) and the Department for Education (DfE). Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services, John Mallalieu said; "Turning Point provides...
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11 October 2011 | Substance Misuse | Mental Health

Serco Launches Pilot at HMP Doncaster to Reduce Re-offending with Turning Point and Catch22

Serco has launched a new 'payment by results' pilot at HMP Doncaster which aims to reduce reoffending rates among former prisoners, as announced by the Secretary of State for Justice in March 2011. The four-year scheme, developed in alliance with Serco's long-term voluntary sector and social enterprise partners - Catch22...
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06 October 2011 | Substance Misuse

Turning Point Response to NTA's Latest Drugs Data

Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse, John Mallalieu responds to the National Treatment Agency's annual report and latest statistics, released today. "These new statistics are promising and Turning Point has witnessed greater numbers of people recovering from drug addiction within our own services. Some of our clients are going on...
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23 September 2011 | Substance Misuse | East Midlands

Ex-offenders Tell Justice Minister How They Are Being Helped Back into Work

Minister of State for Justice, Lord McNally heard how a local service has been exceeding targets to get ex offenders back into employment and training when he visited during the Liberal Democrat Party Conference, held in Birmingham this week. The service, EESPro, is commissioned by the National Offender Management Service...
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05 September 2011 | Substance Misuse | Wales

Drug Users Climb Road to Recovery with British Military Fitness

Former drug users in central London are being helped to get their lives back on track through military style exercise and have now completed the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge The three men and one woman climbed the UK's three highest peaks in 24hours as part of a programme...
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14 July 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

Whitehall Must Give Power to the People

"Whitehall must give power to the people" - This was the message delivered by Chief Parliamentary and Political Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Norman Lamb MP at a conference hosted by Lord Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, at the NCVO yesterday. The unique event, entitled 'Bridging...
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04 July 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

Turning Point Responds to Dilnot Report

In response to the Dilnot report into the funding of care and support, published today, Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale said; "We have long needed to achieve an affordable and sustainable system for funding long-term care in this country. The fact that this is being looked into in...
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17 June 2011 | Substance Misuse

Young People, Alcohol and Influences - Turning Point Comment

Commenting on the study released today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which says children who see their parents drunk are twice as likely to regularly get drunk themselves, Turning Point's spokesperson on substance misuse Harry Walker says: "Turning Point welcomes this report, not least because within our services we are...
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26 May 2011 | Substance Misuse

Rise in Drink-related Hospital Admissions - Turning Point Comment

Leading care provider Turning Point is calling on the NHS to put alcohol specialists in A and E departments. John Mallalieu, Turning Point's Director of Substance Misuse Services, says this would identify dependent drinkers and get them into treatment quicker. His comments are in response to new figures * showing drink-related hospital...
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05 May 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

Turning Point Response to Law Commission Proposals

Commenting on the Law Commission's final proposals following their Adult Social Care Project, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of leading health and social care organisation, Turning Point said: "This far reaching report provides an important foundation for encouraging and supporting integration. This was one of the key issues raised by service...
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