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.