A new resource by Public Health England (PHE) poses this question, to support local commissioners, providers and healthcare professionals to make the case for investing in drug and alcohol treatment and interventions.
Estimates show that the social and economic costs of alcohol related harm amount to £21.5bn, while harm from illicit drug use costs £10.7bn. These include costs associated with deaths, the NHS, crime and, in the case of alcohol, lost productivity.
Providing well funded drug and alcohol services is good value for money because it cuts crime, improves health, and can support individuals and families on the road to recovery.
PHE have produced a set of 32 slides, outlining the impact on families and communities, the costs, the benefits and challenges and approaches, all of which can be downloaded.
Annually updated alcohol, drugs and tobacco commissioning support pack for local authorities | Public Health England
This commissioning support pack will help local authorities to develop joint strategic needs assessment and local joint health and wellbeing strategies which effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use.
The pack covers 4 topics, which are:
planning alcohol harm prevention, treatment and recovery in adults
planning drugs prevention, treatment and recovery in adults
planning comprehensive interventions for young people
planning comprehensive local tobacco control interventions
For each of these topics, there are:
a set of good practice principles and indicators to help local areas assess need and plan and commission effective services and interventions
bespoke data for each local area to help them commission effective services and interventions
This report outlines the findings of a 2016 survey, carried out jointly with the Association of Directors of Public Health, which aimed to gain a clear picture of the commissioning arrangements for sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services | PHE
The survey found that whilst there has been progress in improving services and the development of collaborative approaches there is also evidence of structural concerns which have the potential to impede effective commissioning. Key findings from the survey highlight the fragmentation of commissioning, barriers to access for those at greatest risk, increasing financial pressures and patient demand, and workforce concerns.
builds on the evidence in the commissioning report
can be adapted to local conditions
presents results showing the economic benefits of each intervention
show you how to use the ROI tool
The barriers and facilitator report identifies issues that can make the commissioning of mental health and wellbeing interventions easier or more difficult in a local area.
Local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards and their local partners (for example schools, employers, police) can use these set of resources to improve the provision of mental health services.
Findings and action plan from a national survey of commissioning arrangements for sexual health, reproductive health and HIV. | Public Health England
In 2016 Public Health England (PHE) and the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH), supported by NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners, carried out a survey of local authorities, NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to highlight areas of challenge within the commissioning framework.
The survey findings form the basis of an action plan published within the review. Appendix 1 provides a detailed analysis of the survey responses and appendix 2 details the action plan to respond to the challenges identified.
This report provides an overview of the burden of cancer and the extent of the identified risk factors, across the West Midlands. | Public Health England
The aim of this report is to equip care providers and policy makers with an insight into the burden of cancer, as well as providing an overview of the extent of the identified risk factors, across the West Midlands population.
It is intended to be used by commissioners of health services to enable more timely diagnosis and improve treatment pathways, and also by local authority commissioners in terms of the wider prevention agenda.
Arthritis UK launch new report, Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions
The report has been produced in partnership with the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England and is also endorsed by the Royal College of Practitioners, Local Government Association and Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. It is intended for organisations responsible for commissioning and providing local services, as well as musculoskeletal and physical activity organisations who may find it of interest.
The report highlights the importance of providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions and details the resources that local authorities and commissioners can use to enable and support people with musculoskeletal conditions to be physically active.
Physical activity is a key part of a public health approach to musculoskeletal conditions and it has a range of benefits for people with musculoskeletal conditions in terms of improving quality of life and supporting people to be independent. It can reduce joint and back pain by 25% while also improving sleep, managing stress and reducing depression, anxiety and dementia.