Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has been chosen as the organisation to take over the running of alcohol detox service and drugs services in Trafford. The drugs service commenced on 1st April, with the alcohol detox service opening on 1st May 2014. The contract value for both services is £700,000.
The drug service, which is put out for tender every three years, was previously run by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and ADS and has been delivered by GMW in the past. The alcohol detox service was provided by Turning Point.
Commissioners in Trafford specified that they wanted alcohol detox service and drugs treatment services to become more recovery orientated and more suited to the needs of each individual. GMW will work alongside Phoenix Futures who have extensive experience in providing support within the community by offering help and advice surrounding families, education, training, housing support and life skills.
GMW, which already runs substance misuse recovery services across Greater Manchester as well as parts of Lancashire and Cumbria will take over the running of community alcohol detox service and drugs recovery services in Trafford in April and May, following a three month implementation period.
Staff working in existing alcohol and drugs services in Trafford have the opportunity to move across and continue to work in this area for GMW. The details of this will be agreed between the individual organisations involved.
Richard Rodgers, Lead for Substance Misuse Services for GMW said, “We are extremely pleased to be delivering these services once more to the people of Trafford. We have maintained our proven track record of supporting service users with alcohol and drugs problems and for building strong links within local businesses and voluntary organisations in the areas where we provide services. The Trust is renowned for our alcohol and drugs services and we really are pleased to bring our expertise back to Trafford.
“We are looking forward to working closely with service users, staff and volunteers from many agencies in delivering and developing the best possible services for Trafford communities. We are keen to ensure that this transition will not result in any disruption to services.
Richard added: “Our focus at GMW remains on providing a range of services that have the recovery of the individual, their family and community at the centre of what we do. We believe firmly that our involvement in a person’s recovery starts with their first contact with our services. We are excited at the prospect of being able to build on the positive work that is currently provided by a range of services in the area and to deliver recovery focused treatment options under a single model of care.”
Sara MacGregor, Trafford Locality Manager at Phoenix Futures Said, “Phoenix Futures has been established in Trafford since 2007, and has Recovery at the heart of everything we do. We work in partnership with many providers across the Borough to ensure every individual has the full support they deserve. I am looking forward to working in partnership with GMW and welcome their Recovery oriented approach and together I believe we can further improve the opportunities for the service users of Trafford.”
Contact details as of 1st April 2014:
Tel: 0161 877 0491 The fax number will remain the same (0161 848 9776).