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Improving the Management of Co-Occurring Mental Health, Alcohol and Drugs (COMHAD) Dual Diagnosis

Monday 11 March 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Improving the Management of Co-Occurring Mental Health, Alcohol and Drugs (COMHAD) Dual Diagnosis

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People with dual diagnosis or other complex needs can be the most vulnerable in society and examples of people being let down by the system, with tragic consequences, are all too common.” Luciana Berger MP Co-chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis 2018

“People with a dual diagnosis frequently struggle to get the support they need with a range of issues because, too often, services are designed around the needs of the system rather than the individual.” Lord Victor Adebowale CBE Co-chair for the All Part Parliamentary Group for Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis 2018

“It is still the case that many people with complex needs or a dual diagnosis simply do not have their needs met.” APPG for Complex Needs – A Call for Evidence on Social Action 2018

This conference will systematically address how providers can provide improved care and outcomes for people with co-occurring mental health, alcohol and drugs (COMHAD) issues.

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve services, practice and treatment for people who are experiencing co-existing mental health and substance misuse issues (dual diagnosis)
  • Reflect on the lived experience of people experiencing dual diagnosis
  • Ensure you are up to date with the national context, evidence base and NICE Guidance in dual diagnosis
  • Understand how you can engage and support people to improve outcomes and avert crisis
  • Identify key strategies for ensuring early intervention
  • Ensure Adherence to the NICE Guideline for severe mental illness and substance misuse (Dual Diagnosis)
  • Develop your skills in risk assessment
  • Enable positive practice in prevention, wellbeing and resilience
  • Improve your skills and competence in delivering dual diagnosis services
  • Learn from current best practice/case studies in dual diagnosis focusing on homeless people and dual diagnosis in the perinatal setting  
  • Ensure effective support for individuals with a dual diagnosis who have had contact with the criminal justice system
  • Understand how to effectively develop and support peer support networks
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

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