What is the Substance Misuse Service?
The Substance Misuse Service is run by Sam Adaway (Substance Misuse Practitioner) and provides support to patients with alcohol- or drug-related problems who present to ED or are admitted to inpatient wards at SWFT.
Patients with substance misuse needs are screened and assessed to provide specialist guidance relating to their management, care and onward pathways within both the hospital and community, with the aim of reducing substance misuse, associated harms and further hospital admissions.
In addition, the service provides specialist education and training to all staff and departments at SWFT regarding the screening, assessment, and management of substance misuse and referral pathways.
A variety of information leaflets are available in the blue Substance Misuse folders found on each ward —please provide patients who are requesting support with this information.
Patients can also be directed to self-refer to the community alcohol and drug support service, Change, Grow, Live (CGL). This service offers free and confidential support with drop in sessions Monday-Friday, 09:00-16:00.
For any specific help or advice, the Leamington Spa branch can be contacted on 01926 353 513.
How do I make a referral?
Contact Sam Adaway via mobile on 07500 809 743
If Sam is unavailable or away on leave, follow the procedure for making referrals outside of normal working hours →
Outside of these hours...
Complete a referral form found in the blue Substance Misuse folder on each ward or download here
Completed referral forms can be left in the Substance Misuse folder in ED, sent via internal mail to ‘Sam Adaway c/o A&E Admin Office’ or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Links & Contact Details
Warwickshire Change, Grow, Live (CGL)
01926 353 513
01926 328 658
Solihull Integrated Addiction Services (SIAS)
0121 301 4141
Birmingham Reach Out Recovery (CGL)
0121 227 5890
0121 535 7027
CQUIN No. 9 Alcohol & Smoking
Preventing Ill Health by Risky Behaviours: Alcohol & Smoking
To improve quality of patient care, NHS England has prioritised the delivery of alcohol identification and brief advice and tobacco very brief advice to patients in acute, mental health and community healthcare settings. In accordance with NICE guidance, SWFT is taking action to:
- screen adult inpatients for level of alcohol consumption
- provide inpatients who consume alcohol at increasing or higher risk levels with brief advice on the possible harms and benefits of cutting down
- refer inpatients with possible alcohol dependence for specialist assessment and treatment
- screen adult inpatients for smoking status
- give inpatients who smoke advice on the best ways to improve their chances of quitting
- refer inpatients who smoke for specialist support and offer stop smoking medication
- accurately record this information in patient records which will be audited
Preventing Ill-Health by Risky Behaviours: Alcohol and Tobacco
Very Brief Advice on Smoking
Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice
Brief Advice on Smoking and Alcohol: Bringing It All Together