At HAGA, we are delighted to share news about the impact of our specialist alcohol training on a London-based detox provider. Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in summer 2015, the CQC inspectors identified the need for improvements to training and practice at The Perry Clayman Project (PCP). Inspectors found that the majority of staff had not received any training regarding the complications of withdrawal from alcohol and drugs and only had superficial knowledge of the signs and symptoms they needed to identify.
HAGA were commissioned by PCP to deliver specialist ‘Alcohol dependence assessment, managing withdrawal and treatment’ tailored to their specific delivery model and staff training needs. Following our training, a follow-up CQC inspection found that PCP were now “safely” providing detoxification treatment and noted the extent to which our training had contributed to this improvement.
“Dylan is an excellent trainer, engaging and the course was set at the right level. Lower-skilled (i.e. non nursing) staff now have the confidence and ability to carry out a CIWA-Ar and know what to do with the information.”
James Peacock, Registered Manager at PCP, who runs the day therapy service for people with substance misuse problems, told us that Dylan Kerr, our Head of Alcohol Treatment, is an “excellent trainer, engaging and the course was set at the right level. Lower-skilled (i.e. non nursing) staff now have the confidence and ability to carry out a CIWA-Ar and know what to do with the information.”
As an experience alcohol specialist nurse, Dylan himself understands that ‘”detox from alcohol brings a degree of risk – this requires specialist training from experienced professionals. CIWA-Ar is a tool that staff can learn in one day to use correctly and empowers them to effectively support detoxing service-users and seek appropriate medication to match the withdrawal symptoms presented.”
“With appropriate training on detox, staff from medical, nursing and other backgrounds can deliver excellent treatment to service-users to ensure a safe journey to sobriety.”
Professionals completing our alcohol dependence assessment, withdrawal and treatment course have reported notable improvements to their skills and experience:
- 87% of trainees agreed that they gained new knowledge and skills from the training session
- 77% of trainees felt that the training was directly relevant to their practice.
- 93% of trainees agreed the content was presented in a clear and concise manner
- 83% of trainees felt that they would be able to apply skills learnt in their workplace.