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Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Online from: 2008

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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Making progress in dual diagnosis: refocusing and re-energising service improvement for the next 10 years, Leeds, 18 October 2011

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Article citation: , (2011) "Making progress in dual diagnosis: refocusing and re-energising service improvement for the next 10 years, Leeds, 18 October 2011", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 4 Iss: 2, pp. -



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About the Conference

The health and social care landscape is now shifting dramatically, and it will be increasingly likely that dual diagnosis service developments will be the responsibility of local areas, as opposed to central government. Now, perhaps more than ever, there is a need to keep dual diagnosis issues high on the agenda. A national dual diagnosis conference has been organized for the autumn by Pavilion in partnership with PROGRESS (Consultant nurses in dual diagnosis. The main aim of the conference is to reflect on service developments and consider the future direction for dual diagnosis. It is particularly timely given that it is almost ten years since the Department of Health published national guidance on dual diagnosis of mental health and co-existing substance misuse, and earlier this year the first NICE guidelines to specifically address psychosis and co-existing substance misuse were launched. This will be a key document in the future development of dual diagnosis services.

This conference will be focused on looking to the future, and identifying new opportunities and directions for dual diagnosis service delivery. The range of speakers and topics reflects the broad nature of this field and it is hoped that key people in the dual diagnosis field will come together and share their experiences and practice, as well as hear about new resources and tools to assist in their work. Many of the presenters will have already published in this journal or will be doing so in the future. There will be a focus on the NICE guidance including a presentation about the process of its development, and a workshop on the practical implementation within services. In addition, we will be showcasing two new online resources to assist practitioners in their clinical work: an awareness raising e-learning package, and a web-based resource for acute psychiatric staff. We will also have keynote by Professor Christine Barrowclough on the MIDAS trial, a large multi-site randomized controlled trial of psychosocial interventions for dual diagnosis, and Professor Charlie Brooker will give a paper on the North West Alcohol and Mental health project. Oliver Hilberry will be presenting a new vision document for Making Every Adult Matter, and Alix Hind will be presenting her work as a community peer support worker in Nottingham. We think that this conference will be an important and valuable event to attend for anyone with a lead role in developing dual diagnosis services.

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