Substance Misuse training to extend under transfer from RCGP to Spectrum Learn & Develop
Healthcare professionals nationally are set to benefit from an exciting new venture by the RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners), who will transfer the management and coordination of its popular Substance Misuse and Associated Health (SMAH) courses to Spectrum Learn & Develop Ltd on 1st October 2018.
Under the transfer arrangement, Spectrum Learn & Develop (SLD), a training subsidiary of Spectrum Community Health CIC, will become the sole provider of the four existing RCGP accredited SMAH courses. The aim of the transfer is not only to effectively manage and coordinate SMAH training but to also extend the reach to more healthcare professionals across the country.
The College will continue to be involved with the programme as a key stakeholder and will accredit the service, so trainees can be assured that SMAH will retain the high-quality standard for which it is known. There will be no initial changes to the delivery of the SMAH courses: trainers will continue to deliver these courses using the same structure, supported by the same clinical expertise and leadership.
The RCGP has been running Substance Misuse and Associated Health (SMAH) courses since [insert year] and these accredited courses have already benefited over 10,000 healthcare professionals in the UK. The courses can be linked to CPD hours for appraisal and revalidation. To ensure a strong focus on the management and delivery of SMAH courses, Spectrum CIC has launched its new training arm: Spectrum Learn & Develop Ltd (SLD). From 1st October 2018, the SLD team will deliver:
• RCGP Certificate in the Management of Alcohol Problems in Primary Care Level 1
• RCGP Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Part 1
• RCGP Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Part 2
• RCGP Management of Drug Misuse Re-Certification
Dr. Linda Harris, Chief Executive of Spectrum Community Health CIC, said: “We have a long-standing and successful relationship with the RCGP, with SMAH courses led, designed and delivered by senior clinicians already working in Spectrum CIC. As our expertise and experience has grown over the past few years, the time was right to launch our new training organisation – Spectrum Learn & Develop Ltd – and what better way to do this than with a fantastic new partnership with the RCGP.
“We are delighted to be able to host this nationally recognised training and work with stakeholders including RCGP, Public Health England and NHS England to ensure the SMAH Programme develops and flourishes.”
The July 2018 Crime Survey for England and Wales found the following for Drug Misuse:
• Around 1 in 11 (9.0%) adults aged 16 to 59 had taken a drug in the last year. This equated to around 3.0 million people, and was similar to 2016/17(8.5%).
• Around 1 in 5 (19.8%) adults aged 16 to 24 had taken a drug in the last year. This proportion was more than double that of the wider age group, and equates to around 1.2 million people
• Class A drug use among 16 to 24 year olds has been increasing since 2011/12
Estimates of the number of adults with alcohol dependency in England were published by Public Health England for the first time in March 2017. The findings from this study suggested that there were 595,131 individuals aged 18 and over drinking at dependent levels and potentially in need of specialist treatment. This is 1.4% of the adult population (95% confidence interval 485,504 to 776,743).
Individuals who had presented with a dependency on opiates made up the largest proportion of the total numbers in treatment in 2016-17 (146,536, 52%). Despite an overall fall in numbers in treatment for non-opiate substances, the number of individuals presenting with crack cocaine problems (not being used alongside opiates) increased by 23% (2,980 to 3,657), this follows a smaller increase of 3% in crack cocaine presentations between 2014-15 and 2015-16. The increase was seen in nearly all age groups.
Dr. Nat Wright, Managing Director at Spectrum Learn & Develop Ltd, said: “Tackling substance misuse remains a national priority and along with that is the need for skilled healthcare professionals, with up-to-date learning and training. By working with the RCGP and providing substance misuse training and continuous professional development, we can equip healthcare professionals with the tools they need to help people with substance misuse issues.”