Islington Clients of Drug & Alcohol Services, (ICDAS):
Inspirit has coordinated and supported the service user group ICDAS for clients of drug & alcohol services in the London Borough of Islington since 2015. During that time we have helped the group grow and develop and take an active role in shaping the services they receive as well as take part in commissioning process. Inspirit has supported ICDAS with training, supervision, organization, recruitment, reward and recognition payments, benefits help and, more recently, in helping them to go independent as a Community Benefit Organisation.
Freespace is a weekly therapeutic art project that supports clients of drug and alcohol services personally develop through engaging in artistic projects and through reflecting on the processes that the activity takes them through.
NHSE Health in the Justice System Patient Participation Project, (PPP).
Inspirit were commissioned in 2014(?) to help NHS England, Health in the Justice System team to implement their framework for the patient and public voice. This is an ongoing project that began with baseline assessing how activities of patient participation were being managed across the secure estate in London, authoring a set of standards and helping healthcare providers to apply them through an improvement plan. A sub-group of experts by experience was set up and supported through supervision and training to take on the role of driving forward the plans and bringing the patients voice to strategic meetings and contract reviews. The remit of the project has been extended in 2018 to include setting up a steering group of patients, healthcare providers and HMPPS governors and leads to support the Smoke Free initiative that is being rolled out across the prisons.
We have been working with commissioners and service users in Haringey to help develop a sustainable borough-wide substance misuse user group that can support future commissioning and will enable Haringey services to evidence quality user involvement at a range of operational levels.
Work so far includes:
- 2013 Service user involvement in commissioning services
- 2016 Co-produced Peer evaluation of service delivery
- 2017 Delivering a Borough-wide event for substance misuse service feedback
- 2017 External accreditation for service users
Currently a small user led group are developing plans for working with commissioners, staff and service users to create a structure for improved co-production in substance misuse services across the borough
If you are a service user of Haringey drug or alcohol services and would like to get involved please call Alan Todd on 07476 877708