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Sam AdawaySubstance Misuse Practitioner (SMP)

  • 07500 809743
  • 01926 495321 ext 4883
  • Mon-Fri 08:00—16:00

Substance Misuse: Alcohol & Drugs

  • 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?

    Monday-Friday 08:00-16:00...

    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 samantha.adaway@swft.nhs.uk

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Community Links & Contact Details

    Warwickshire Change, Grow, Live (CGL)

    01926 353 513

    01926 328 658



    Solihull Integrated Addiction Services (SIAS)

    0121 301 4141


    website →

    Birmingham Reach Out Recovery (CGL)

    0121 227 5890

    0121 535 7027



    Worcestershire Swanswell Charitable Trust

    0300 303 8200



    Oxfordshire Roads to Recovery

    01865 261 690



    Leicestershire Turning Point

    0330 303 6000



  • 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
  • Educational Videos

    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