Rewriting scripts: Promoting multi-disciplinary services for users of methadone-prescription programmes

First published: 10 May 2019 | Last updated: 20 May 2019

Aims: The aim of this study is to establish whether areas of divergence exist between policy aims and service outcomes for adults in methadone substitution treatment in North Wales.

-Identifying ‘gaps’ in current service provision

-Exploring multi-agency individual-focused model of recovery

By promoting multi-disciplinary services, long-term recovery would be enhanced as the biopsychosocial needs are addressed, using effective communication and partnership with other vital services, to target the cause of the addiction.

Methods: This is primarily a qualitative study. Service users will be invited to individual biographical narrative interviews to disclose life experiences and events that led them to their current circumstances. A focus group for professionals will observe interaction/behaviours and discuss shared barriers/facilitators, frustrations and benefits. Semi-structured interviews will then address personal views, explanations and gaps in the services. Data will be analysed to identify key existing themes.

Results: The results will identify what recovery and support means to individuals. Results will assess what recovery means to practitioners from different backgrounds and explore challenges and enablers to multi-agency working from practitioners ‘ perspectives. Outcomes from this study will evaluate service policies against service delivery , and recommendations will be disseminated through reports and the final thesis.

Conclusions: This study is in the early stages, but by November data collection for professionals will have been/being analysed. The poster will be presenting preliminary findings. This topic is an under-researched area, and one which is important to improving services for methadone substitution patients and professionals.

Conflicts of interest:

no conflict of interest

Miss Alice Jones