Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service nominated for the HSJ Awards!

Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service has been shortlisted for the Health Service Journal Awards, which will take place in London on 6th November.

Reaching the final stages of the awards is a fantastic achievement for our nurse-led ALS Service, which supports patients in Pinderfields Hospital to learn about safer drinking and reduce their risk of alcohol-related harm. Based around 1:1 interventions and clinical alcohol support, the Alcohol Liaison Service has engaged with over 4000 hospital inpatients since 2013 and saved the local NHS Trust around £1.5 million pounds. Now, our nurses will join nine other finalists in the “Acute Sector Innovation” category.

About ALS

Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service is led by two full-time Alcohol Liaison Nurses, who support a variety of inpatients – from those drinking slightly above safe levels to adults affected by severe alcohol dependency. 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 inpatients 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)
  • Access medication to help them remain abstinent
  • Find details of community recovery, talking therapy, counselling and mental health services

Follow our Twitter account @SpectrumCIC for live updates on the night – and good luck to our finalists!