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"SMMGP News & Updates" Issue #5 (Feb 2016) now online

(Posted 8 February 2016)
This month's combined news, policy and clinical update newsletter "SMMGP News & Updates Issue #5 (Feb 2016)" is now available in the SMMGP Clinical & Policy Updates section in both online and downloadable versions.

If you find SMMGP publications useful please help us continue to produce them. Simply text SMGP01, followed by the amount you would like to donate (£5 or £10), to 70070. Thank you for your support.

If you would like to receive these Updates via e-mail as soon as they are released, please join the SMMGP. Membership is completely free, you can join instantly online, and there are lots of benefits - see the Free SMMGP Membership Application page for more details.

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CQC inspections of substance misuse services - understanding people's experiences of care

(Posted 12 January 2016)
The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator for health and adult social care services in England. They inspect hospitals, GPs, care homes and a wide range of other services. This includes services for people with mental health issues, including specialist services for people who have problems with drugs and alcohol.

The CQC have issued a letter concerning an inspections of substance misuse services:

"Do you support people who need or use substance misuse services? Can you tell us what is good about the substance misuse services in your area and what could be improved? Can you help encourage people with personal experience of using substance misuse services to share their experiences?

Our inspection teams are now inspecting independent substance misuse services across the country. We may also inspect other substance misuse services in response to risks we identify or that we are alerted to. A list of the inspections we have announced can be found here.

What we ask?

Our inspectors want to know:

Who we want to hear from?

Our inspectors are particularly interested in hearing about the experiences for people who are in the most vulnerable circumstances using substance misuse services.

Depending on the services this may include:

Please pass on this request to other service user and support groups and networks. You can also use Twitter: @carequalitycomm

If your group can share any feedback to help our inspection teams you can:

Please encourage people using substance misuse services to contact us using our phone number or share your experience form.

Questions or queries about this letter can be sent to engagementandinvolvement@cqc.org.uk"

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"SMMGP News & Updates" Issue #4 (Jan 2016) now online

(Posted 8 January 2016)
This month's combined news, policy and clinical update newsletter "SMMGP News & Updates Issue #4 (Jan 2016)" is now available in the SMMGP Clinical & Policy Updates section in both online and downloadable versions.

If you find SMMGP publications useful please help us continue to produce them. Simply text SMGP01, followed by the amount you would like to donate (£5 or £10), to 70070. Thank you for your support.

If you would like to receive these Updates via e-mail as soon as they are released, please join the SMMGP. Membership is completely free, you can join instantly online, and there are lots of benefits - see the Free SMMGP Membership Application page for more details.