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Payment by Results

Payment by results (PbR) is seen by Government as a key mechanism for public service reform, with an important role in achieving ‘system change’ in the drug and alcohol sector. Eight Drug and Alcohol Recovery PbR pilots went ‘live’ in April 2012, and other areas are introducing their own PbR schemes. Our sector is affected by a range of other PbR initiatives, including the Work Programme, PbR in criminal justice and the Troubled Families initiative. DrugScope is supportive of a focus on outcomes and innovation. We have also been pro-active in highlighting the potential risks of PbR and the concerns of some DrugScope members.

Recent DrugScope activity

Drug and Alcohol Recovery PbR (payment by results) pilots – Briefing from a National Service Providers Summit (PDF) (May 2013)

In May, DrugScope and the RSA facilitated a national service providers summit to bring together service provider representatives from the eight ‘payment by results’ pilots. The event aimed to discuss provider experience and share good practice - representatives from all eight ‘payment by results’ pilots took part. Rather than discuss general issues and arguments about PbR, the purpose was to focus on implementation issues and, where possible, to make practical recommendations. The event was not attended by officials or commissioners. The briefing captures some of the key findings and messages from the event.

DrugScope was also directly involved in supporting the design and delivery of PbR in two of the pilot areas, the London Borough of Enfield and Kent (where we sit of the Advisory Group for the Royal Society of Arts contribution to the Kent pilot).

DrugScope’s Director of Policy and Membership, Marcus Roberts, chaired the Health and Well-being subgroup in the co-design project, and co-chaired a Gaming Commission with Nicola Singleton from the UKDPC.

Recovery Partnership paper to the Inter-ministerial Group on PbR (2011) (PDF). As a member of the Recovery Partnership, DrugScope presented a paper on PbR to the Inter-ministerial Group on Drug Policy.

DrugScope resources

Contributions to reports and briefings

Report of the ‘Gaming Commission’ on payment by results (2012) (PDF) This report was prepared by Marcus Roberts, DrugScope Director of Policy and Membership, and Nicola Singleton, Director of Policy and Research at the UK Drug Policy Commission for the DH co-design group for PbR.

By their fruits – applying payment by results to drugs recovery (UKDPC, 2011) (PDF) This report for the UKDPC was written by Marcus Roberts, DrugScope Director of Policy and Membership.

Consultation responses

PBR co-design group consultation – Draft outcomes for piloting payment by results for drugs recovery (joint submission with UKDPC, 2011) (PDF)