Since 2013, Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service has made a fantastic impact in Wakefield – saving Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust around £1.5m between 2013-2017 and helping to reduce alcohol-related admissions in the district by around 36%.
The Alcohol Liaison Service is an inpatient service based in Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield. Led by two full-time Specialist Nurses, the service is commissioned by Wakefield Council and offers a wide range of interventions for inpatients affected by harmful drinking. After receiving a referral through the Emergency Department or other wards in Pinderfields Hospital, ALS nurses work closely with hospital staff to agree a care plan for each patient and offer 1:1 support. Their work supports patients to:
Explore their relationship with alcohol
Learn about the risks of alcohol misuse and identify ways to make small, positive changes
Access support to reduce their drinking gradually or stop completely (detox)
In October 2019, the work of the Alcohol Liaison Service was featured in a promotional film by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) – take a look below to find out more about our local impact:
The benefits of specialist alcohol teams are also being recognised nationally. Earlier this year, the NHS Long-Term Plan announced that specialist Alcohol Care Teams would be introduced in 20 local hospitals as part of a wider strategy to tackle alcohol-related hospital admissions.