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Improving the Management of Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Misuse

Tue, 11 Jun 2024

Virtual, Online

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This conference focuses on improving the management and outcomes of people with co-occurring mental health and substance misuse conditions. The conference will provide valuable insights, knowledge and a deeper understanding how services can be improved, and people can be supported towards improved recovery outcomes. The conference will cover learning from lived experiences and organisations that have improved services, challenging stigmatisation, early intervention and prevention, adherence to the NICE Quality Standard for Co-occuring severe mental health and substance misuse, effective assessment, assertive outreach and there will be specific case studies on supporting older people and people who are homeless.

The conference will also focus on implementing the recent NICE Update to Quality Standard Alcohol-use disorders: Diagnosis and Management which was published in July 2023.

“It is very common for people to experience problems with their mental health and alcohol/drug use (co-occurring conditions) at the same time. Research shows that mental health problems are experienced by the majority of drug (70%) and alcohol (86%) of alcohol users in community substance misuse treatment. Death by suicide is also common, with a history of alcohol or drug use being recorded in 54% of all suicides in people experiencing mental health problems.”


“People who have severe mental illness and substance misuse have significantly poorer outcomes than people who have either severe mental illness or substance misuse alone.”


This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve services, practice and treatment for people who are experiencing co-occurring mental health substance misuse conditions 

  • Reflect on the lived experience of people experiencing coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse

  • Ensure Adherence to the NICE Quality Standard for coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse

  • Update your knowledge on the July 2023 updated NICE Quality Standard on Alcohol-use disorders 

  • Understand how you can engage and support people to improve outcomes and avert crisis, and reduce the risk of exclusion or drop out from services

  • Identify key strategies for ensuring early intervention

  • Develop your skills in assessment

  • Improve inpatient provision in assessment and management of people presenting with coexisting mental health illness and substance misuse

  • Understand how services can be improved for older people including treatment evidence and age specific programmes

  • Engage people to reduce missed appointments and ensure effective follow up if this does occur

  • Improve your skills and competence as a champion for substance misuse and mental health 

  • Learn from current best practice case studies focusing on homeless people, and older people 

  • Understand how to effectively develop and support peer support networks

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Chair and speakers include:

Dr Raffaella Milani

Associate Professor
University of West London

Prof Ilana Crome

Co-Chair, Working Group, Our Invisible Addicts
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Mr Cliff Hoyle

Strategic Lead for Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Wellbeing
NHS England

Mr Ben Metcalfe

Dual Diagnosis Lead
Manchester Dual Diagnosis Liaison Service
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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