Portsmouth Combatting Drugs Partnership

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Background

The National Drug Strategy, ‘From harm to hope: A 10-year drugs plan to cut crime and save lives’, was published in December 2021, with three strategic priorities:

  • Breaking drug supply chains
  • Delivering a world-class treatment and recovery system and
  • Achieving a generational shift in the demand for drugs

The Government required each local area to establish a Combating Drugs Partnership to co-ordinate a multi-agency response to reduce the harm caused by problem drug and alcohol use.

The Portsmouth Combating Drugs Partnership (CDP) was formally approved as a sub group by the Portsmouth Health and Wellbeing Board on the 23rd November 2022.

The aims of the CDP include:

  • To bring together senior leaders and organisations to oversee and support the implementation and meet the requirements of the National Drug Strategy, and identified local priorities concerning drugs and alcohol.
  • To provide leadership and strategic oversight, working collaboratively across agencies to reduce drug and alcohol harm through prevention; accessible, evidence-based and effective treatment; promotion of long-term recovery; and enforcement activities across Portsmouth.

Our CDP undertook a detailed needs assessment in the city, which identified the following key priorities:

  • To develop access to primary care services and expand homeless health care provision to address the significant unmet physical health need.
  • To improve mental health pathways, with increased provision of co-located posts including mental health workers within recovery services and vice versa to address the significant unmet mental health need.
  • Target resources to help reduce the high level of alcohol-related harm in the city, deal with an increase in demand for treatment services and tackle the low proportion of alcohol successful completions via an expanded alcohol-specific team.
  • Set up a task and finish group to investigate and implement measures to increase the proportion of successful alcohol and non-opiate treatment completions.
  • Increase the capacity of provision for young people, considering standalone services as the needs of young people differ from that of adults (also 18-24years), and develop improved relationships with schools and services such as Portsmouth Youth Offending Team.
  • Move away from Silo commissioning, for example, work closely with rough sleepers’ commissioners to understand how resources can be utilised and funding complement existing workstreams without duplicating work.

The needs assessment then informed a partnership plan to run from 2023 to 2026.  This plan has three key objectives:

  1. Disrupt local drug supply chains and drug related crime
  2. Improve the quality, capacity and outcomes of our drug & alcohol prevention and treatment services
  3. Reduce the misuse and harm caused to young people by drugs & alcohol

CDP membership organisations include:

Portsmouth City Council
Hampshire Constabulary
Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner
Department for Work & Pensions
National Probation service
Society of St. James (voluntary sector)
Inclusion NHS Trust
Intuitive Thinking Skills (lived experience recovery organisation)
Rebound carers support group
Solent NHS Trust
Healthwatch
Office for Health Improvement & Disparities
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board

More information
For more information on the Portsmouth CDP please email publichealth@portsmouthcc.gov.uk