This multi-disciplinary course is ideal for those working as part of a shared care scheme intending to provide treatment to drug users as part of a locally or nationally enhanced service.
The training day aims to improve participants’ understanding of the emerging evidence base and policy developments pertaining to drug related problems and equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage them.
Drug trends and drug policy are changing with an epidemic in novel psychoactive substances and we look at the increased emphasis upon recovery as we see a rising trend of drug-related deaths.
An ageing cohort of illicit drug users is present so we will look at new problems of co-morbidity and the unprecedented cost pressures placing an imperative on service reconfiguration to realise efficiency savings.
- Will have discussed the increased purity and potency of illicit drugs, the changes in drug trends and those accessing services with more complex needs.
- Will discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the drug supply chains, increased street dealing and drug trafficking and developing innovative drug distribution models developing during lockdowns. We will also discuss European drug trends.
- Will learn more about New Psychoactive Substances, their definition, categories, properties of the drugs, the dangers and complications and the scale of the problem along with the management of the acute and chronic effects of NPS.
- Will be aware drug related death trends, including the general aging profile of drug users. Reducing the risk of drug related deaths with take home naloxone. Addressing the risk and other psychosocial interventions.
- Will have explored non-opioid related deaths an other causes of mortality, like suicide, infectious diseases, homicide and digestive system disease.
- We will learn more about prevalence and risk factors of previous DVT in community opioid using populations. Diagnosis, initial management and anticoagulant options.
- We will learn more about hepatitis B & C, from its transmission, treatment indications and there effectiveness.
- Will discuss the presentation of pain in drug users, the management of pain and prescription medication abuse and how poorly treated pain cam lead to prescription drug dependence.
- Will have discussed a range of Trauma-focused care.
- Will have completed through case study an assessment of need in relation to a complex drug using patient.
- Will have discussed the benefits of working effectively with others in a multi-disciplinary context and discussed the roles of other professional disciplines such as pharmacy and nurse prescribers.
- Will have discussed a range of Harm Reduction strategies.
- Will have an increased awareness of the current policy context of recovery which underpins current drug treatment provision.
- Will have discussed a range of equal opportunity issues related to the treatment of drug using patients in General Practice.
- A full RCGP accredited training day.
- 10 CPD hours will be gained on completion of this course.
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