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Harm Reduction

The aim of these courses is to increase participant’s knowledge of harm reduction as a philosophy and approach which aspires to recognise, protect and maintain the health, dignity and human rights of people who use drugs and wider society.

It covers the risks associated with substance misuse and related life-style. The two day module covers: harm reduction as a concept/approach with harm reduction being considered in the widest sense (harm to individuals, harm to others and harm to the wider community); harm reduction advice; preventing overdose; needle exchange; blood borne viruses and treatment; sexually transmitted infections and treatment; injecting behaviour;  and, alcohol units and safer drinking advice. The four day course expands on this and considers key harm reduction guidance and allows practioners to consider their own/service practice(s).

Learning Outcomes

Option A

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe what is meant by the term “Harm Reduction"
  • consider risks associated with substance misuse
  • describe a range of activities and interventions that work to minimise harms associated with the use of drugs and associated behaviours.
  • identify effective strategies to reduce sexually transmitted infections, blood borne viruses and drug related deaths.
  • describe the importance of needle and syringe programmes in protecting the health of people who inject drugs.
  • providing harm reduction advice.

Option B

In addition to Option A Learning Outcomes, participants will be able to:

  • understand key guidance in relation to Harm Reduction
  • intervene more confidently on advising people about harm reduction
  • consider your own practice and identify areas for improvement
  • consider your own service and identify areas for improvement

The four day course is aimed at staff teams who want to 'benchmark' their service against best practice guidelines, it allows for more interaction and discussion which may result in changes to working practice.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone working or volunteering in substance misuse, mental health, health or social care who wish to gain an understanding of the harm reduction philosophy and approach.

Dates, duration and venue

Option A

Date TBC
Duration 2 full days
Venue Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 3BL

Option B

Date TBC
Duration 4 full days
Venue Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 3BL

Please note that all course dates, times and locations will be confirmed closer to the date.