Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has a dual diagnosis strategy to help patients who have a severe mental health issue combined with substance misuse problem involving drugs and alcohol.

CPFT works in partnership with:

Aspire Drug Treatment
Inclusion Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Police
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group
Peterborough City Council
Cambridgeshire County Council
Cambridge City Council
National Probation Service
SUN Network

CPFT has link workers within all in-patient and locality teams who help colleagues to identify and support patients and service-users who have a dual diagnosis problem.

The link worker scheme is a key component of the Trust’s Dual Diagnosis strategy. Its main purpose is to create a network of advice and support for Trust staff who work with service users who have co-occurring mental health and substance use problems. Link workers also play an important role in keeping their colleagues up to date with developments in local substance misuse services.

Each link worker is expected to:
• attend a link worker induction and further training seminars as provided.
• be a first point of contact for colleagues who need advice about substance use and its impact on individuals with mental health problems
• support colleagues to carry out triage assessments of substance use and decide when to contact substance misuse services
• attend locality Dual Diagnosis Steering Group meetings to facilitate joint working with substance misuse services
• disseminate information updates to colleagues, provided by the locality Steering Group
• make the locality Steering group aware of any local issues that are hindering effective working together with other agencies
• keep a register of their team’s service users who are also in treatment with substance misuse services and submit the total number every quarter

No prior dual diagnosis experience is required although it is desirable. The induction programme is designed to ensure that link workers have the necessary knowledge to fulfil the role. The locality steering group will also provide ongoing advice and support.

Other organisations that can help
The following local and national organisations provide further information and can help with a range of substance misuse issues:

Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (CASUS) 
CPFT's CASUS team provides information, support and specialist treatment regarding drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families in Cambridgeshire.
The team's website contains information on our services, including how to refer yourself, or somebody else, and lots of information and advice around drugs, alcohol and mental wellbeing.

Frank (talk to Frank)
A national service with a website providing friendly and confidential drugs advice

National Treatment Agency (NTA)
The NTA was created as a Special Health Authority in 2001 to improve the availability, capacity and effectiveness of drug treatment in England. The NTA ensures that treatment services in England deliver on both the public health and criminal justice agendas, reflecting the interests of the Department of Health (DH), responsible for funding the NHS as well as public health services, and the Home Office, the lead Whitehall department on drugs policy and crime reduction.

Families Anonymous
Families Anonymous is a world-wide fellowship of family members and friends affected by another’s abuse of mind-altering substances, or related behavioural problems. FA has groups, spread throughout the country, which meet regularly. Any concerned person is encouraged to attend the meetings, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem. The Fellowship is a self-help organisation with a programme based on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions first formulated by Alcoholics Anonymous.

Narcotics Anonymous
NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

To find out more about the dual diagnosis strategy contact: 

Specialist Directorate Head of Nursing/ Operational Manager Forensic Services
Elm Lodge North Community Forensic Team
Gloucester Centre
T: 01733 748390


The page was last updated on 20 November 2017 by kbuggy.


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Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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