GMW’s Chapman Barker Unit (CBU) in Prestwich was visited by a group of drug and alcohol specialists from China this week as part of a learning exchange visit regarding high standard drug and alcohol treatment services in the UK.
The visit, which was organised by the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Justice and Manchester Business School, was established to allow drug and alcohol specialists from across China to learn about treatment services and the best practises that help people recover from addictive behaviours. Manchester Business School asked GMW’s Alcohol and Drugs Directorate as well as our subcontracting partners Lifeline to take part in the visit due to the excellent reputation that GMW has with substance misuse issues and the high standard of its psychosocial intervention programme.
Twenty directors of drug and alcohol specialists representing nearly every province in China learned about various treatments that are offered at CBU, which provides residential treatment and various support services for adults with drug and alcohol addictions.
The visiting party were hosted by Head of Operations Richard Rodgers and Assistant Director Kate Hall from the Alcohol and Drugs Directorate, and were presented with information on all services including patient orientated care packages and the importance of continuing a service user’s support even when they leave residential treatment. The specialists were also taken on a tour of the unit, including the RADAR wing which offers a detox programme and continued support for people who present themselves at local A+E departments due to alcohol-related issues.
The group of experts were very impressed with the services on offer and it is hoped that this visit is the beginning of a close working relationship between GMW and the specialist from China.
Above: The visiting Chinese Drug and Alcohol Specialists with GMW’s Catherine Muyeba, Kate Hall, Richard Rodgers and Sue Chesters outside the Chapman Barker Unit