The Scottish Drug Forum’s National Quality Improvement Team recently completed a year long review of DAPL to see how it was complying with the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Quality Principles.

Key findings of the review were:

DAPL is well established in Fife and regarded as easily accessible by service users given the volume of self -referral. DAPL is responsive to the needs of service users and self-referral rates ensure rapid access.

The physical environment and culture at DAPL is rated highly by service users and staff.
Staff in DAPL highlighted working in a supportive,progressive service.

Assessment is regarded by service users and staff as collaborative and strengths based.
Effective Recovery planning was identified however, it was identified that this activity could be strengthened in collaboration with service users and staff.

DAPL provides a holistic range of interventions and opportunities to enable wellbeing and recovery with service users, including provision of harm reduction advice and Naloxone.

Partnership working, whilst evidenced, could be strengthened and showcased with all agencies.

Reviews with service users are robust and DAPL has been progressive by implementing ROW.

DAPL has processes in place to support longer term support and follow up with service users.

There is a culture of service user involvement at DAPL and this was evidenced by a large return rate of surveys and responses to the survey. DAPL also host SDF’s Addiction Worker Training Project.

Family support and/or involvement could continue to be evaluated, strengthened and promoted.

DAPL staff have embraced new challenges and change in their practice when working with children and young people affected by drugs and alcohol and emotional distress in school environments, which is offering a cohesive early intervention approach.

Download the briefing paper here: SDF – DAPL Briefing Sept 2017

Guidance and Behaviour Support staff always speak highly of the service offered by DAPL staff.

Ms Caroline Thomson, Deputy Head Teacher, Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes