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This is the JSNA chapter on drugs. Theme chapters summarise who is at risk and why, the level of need in the population, service provision and use, unmet needs, the evidence base, highlight the key issues and gaps, and provides recommendations for commissioners.

NICE has developed public health briefings for a range of different topics. These briefings are meant for local authorities and their partner organisations in the health and voluntary sectors, in particular those involved with health and wellbeing boards.

This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations on tackling drug use. This includes preventing drug use, minimising the harm caused by drugs and helping people to stop taking them. It is particularly relevant to health and wellbeing boards, police and crime commissioners and community safety partnerships.

The resource can be accessed and downloaded here: http://publications.nice.org.uk/tackling-drug-use-lgb18

This is a collection of evidence that is supplemental and supportive to the JSNA Chapter: Drugs It brings together all the most relevant intelligence, research and evidence to ensure best practice in decision making.


Please use the contents options to navigate the document, and then click on the title of any document that is of relevance.

A survey of 6800 gay and bi-sexual men covering their approach and thoughts health lifestyle, common health needs and health sector experiences. A useful collection for commissioners and providers of services to the gay and bi-sexual communities. Attached is the complete survey findings and the North West dataset.

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A survey of over 6000 individuals that examines the health needs and experiences of care of lesbians. Although produced in 2008 it is still the most comprehensive, substantial and relevant piece of work surrounding lesbian health needs. Anyone involved in the commissioning or delivery of health and wellbeing services to the lesbian and bi-sexual communities. Attached is the original report and the north west dataset.

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This Needs Assessment is not yet ready. Please refer to the 2011/12 until it is available. You can view this by clicking here

The Public Health Outcomes Framework Healthy lives, healthy people: Improving outcomes and supporting transparency sets out a vision for public health, desired outcomes and the indicators that will help us understand how well public health is being improved and protected. The framework concentrates on two high-level outcomes to be achieved across the public health system, and groups further indicators into four ‘domains’ that cover the full spectrum of public health. The outcomes reflect a focus not only on how long people live, but on how well they live at all stages of life. This profile currently presents data for the first set of indicators at England and upper tier local authority levels, collated by the public health observatories in England. The profile allows you to:

  • Compare your local authority against other authorities in the region
  • Benchmark your local authority against the England average

Public Health Outcomes Framework baseline data will be revised and corrected in accordance with the general DH statistical policy on revisions and corrections. This profile should be a must read for all those involved in the commissioning and management of services associated with public health and health inequalities.

This report presents the findings from the first three years (2009-11) of Part of the Picture (POTP). POTP is a five year research project (2009-14), funded by the Big Lottery, and delivered as a partnership between The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and the University of Central Lancashire. Evidence relating to substance use amongst lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people is extremely limited and often of poor quality. POTP was devised after the findings from a small scale pilot study conducted during Manchester Pride in 2007 suggested that LGB people who attended had higher rates of drug and alcohol use than the general population.

POTP has three main aims:

To establish a national (England) database of LGB people’s drug and alcohol use;

To use the database to inform local and national policy and practice in addressing the drug and alcohol use of LGB people;

To improve knowledge and understanding of the needs of LGB drug and alcohol users among drug and alcohol agencies through dissemination of the research findings.

NICE's formal guidance on needle and syringe programmes.

Follow the link for full details: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/PH18

NICE's formal guidance on the interventions to reduce subtance misuse among vulnerable young people.

Follow the link for full details: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/PH4

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