The New National NICE Guidance on ‘Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse: community health and social care services’ has been published.

On the launch of the new guidelines Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, Chair of the Guideline Committee, said:

“We have made several recommendations that I think could have a real impact, but I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight two main messages... First, there has to be much wider recognition that this group of people, despite their complexities, have as much right to dedicated care and support as anyone else. They should not be turned away or left to flounder. Every effort should be made to help them benefit from the services they so badly need. Crucial to this is a non-judgmental, empathetic approach and the building up of mutual respect and trust. And secondly, good communication is key! Staff working in mental health, substance misuse, primary care, social care, housing, employment, benefits, criminal justice and the voluntary sector need to have strong leadership to ensure that they are all working together as best they can. We recommend that this can be best achieved by having a dedicated care coordinators.” NICE November 2016

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis will chair the forthcoming Dual Diagnosis conference to be held on 23rd January 2017 in London. Through national updates, extended sessions and practical case studies, this CPD certified conference will look at improving the management of severe mental illness and substance misuse - Dual Diagnosis - and implementing the new NICE Guidance in practice.

For the full programme and confirmed speaker line up download the conference brochure.

Register to attend today:

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