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.
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!