Drug and alcohol service shake up offers range of improvements

Drug and alcohol prevention and treatment delivery in Leeds is set for a new look as services are delivered in a different way following the award of a new contract by Leeds City Council.

Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community Ltd (DISC) is leading a consortium including St Anne’s, BARCA, St Martin’s Healthcare Services (SMHS) and Leeds and Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (LYPFT) to put in place ambitious plans to develop a more integrated service. Following significant consultation with service users and local partners and looking at good practice in other areas, the new services will be delivered with a focus on engaging people in treatment supporting them to recovery from substance misuse.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

“The very impressive proposals from the successful bidders offer opportunities for improved quality, capacity and efficiency of drug and alcohol treatment in Leeds. As a Health and Wellbeing Board we are determined to make the most of opportunities to improve the lives of people in Leeds and investment in these services can pay real dividends across the city.

“We know substance abuse not only costs individuals significantly, but is a drain on health and care services, plays a part in domestic and other violence and costs families and communities dear.

“Leeds is a city that promotes a responsible attitude to alcohol and where individuals, families and communities affected by the use of drugs and alcohol can reach their potential and lead safer, healthier and happier lives”.

Dr Ian Cameron, Leeds City Council Director of Public Health, said:

“By linking services and support available across the city we will help make progress on making the city healthier, help people get lives back on track and hopefully prevent problems too.

“We have been making positive progress in recent years, improving rates of recovery from opiate addiction and improving access to alcohol treatment. However, we have been listening to the concerns and experiences of those who have used services in the past to procure an improved service which learns from best practice and will help us improve the health of the city in years to come.”

The new contract will both focus on helping people choose not to misuse drugs or alcohol, and aim to make sure more people recover from drug and alcohol misuse. It is also targeting reducing the number of children, young people and families affected by drug and alcohol misuse and reducing the number of people experiencing crime and disorder related to substance misuse.

Mark Weeding Chief Executive of DISC, said:

“We’re really pleased to be offered the opportunity to make a difference to the issues facing Leeds linked to drugs and alcohol. The partners working on this project have all got plenty of experience working in this field and by joining together we can bring a real focus on what we do and how we do it.

Our plans are ambitious, but achievable and we look forward to providing better outcomes for the people who need our services. Drug and alcohol abuse play a significant role in poor health and have a wider impact beyond the individuals involved, so every positive change we make benefits the whole community.”


Issued by:

Phil Morcom

Communications and Marketing team

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