Who we are
The Recovery Partnership is comprised of the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium, the Recovery Group UK and DrugScope. It seeks to be a new collective voice and channel for communication to Ministers/Government on the achievement of the ambitions in the drug strategy.
Mental Health and Substance Misuse
Mental Health and Substance Misuse - Full report (PDF). Summary (PDF)
This briefing, produced on behalf of the Recovery Partnership, provides an overview of the intersection between substance misuse and mental ill health. In a more ideal world, it would have been possible to take a holistic view of a highly integrated system of commissioning, service design and service delivery. However, and despite the publication in 2002 of the first guidelines specifically aimed at addressing multiple needs and dual diagnosis, the progress made in integration at every level has been patchy.
Residential Rehabilitation – Quality standards framework
Specification and invitation to bid (‘consultancy’) or apply (temporary employment)
The Recovery Partnership is inviting bids or applications to produce a quality standards framework for residential rehabilitation services providing drug and/or alcohol treatment.
We are inviting bids from independent consultants to undertake this work.
We will also consider (as an alternative) applications from those interested in a fixed- term (six months) full-time employment contract. As the budget holder for the project, the temporary employment will be with DrugScope.
Recovery Partnership Bulletin (August 2014)
Download the bulletin here
Recovery Partnership papers and letters
Letter to the Recovery Partnership from Gus Jaspert, Head of Drugs and Alcohol, the Home Office (December 2011):
“As agreed at the [inter-Ministerial Group on Drugs] meeting I want to provide you with some feedback on the impact of the Recovery Partnership’s input to Ministerial discussions and decisions. IMG discussions are restricted so I cannot repeat these in great detail. I have however, outlined key points of the discussions and summarised outcomes to ensure that those that are helping you with your work get a sense of the collective Ministerial ambition and direction of travel.”
Recovery Partnership presentation to the Inter-Ministerial Group on Drugs (23rd November 2011):
“There are many aspects to supporting recovery but looking not too far ahead, the introduction of the new public health service and the establishment of Public Health England is the most important opportunity but also potentially the biggest challenge, perhaps for a generation…A combination of the removal of the nominal ring fence for drug treatment, a new commissioning environment and competing demands for an ambitious public health agenda create the potential for disinvestment in drug treatment.”
Recovery Partnership surveys
The Recovery Partnership is preparing a paper for the Inter-Ministerial Group on Drugs on residential rehabilitation provision and support. We will be producing different surveys to help inform the paper and will be consulting widely with service providers, service users, membership bodies and others.
Supporting recovery: Priorities and key messages
This survey is about priorities and key messages to Government for delivering the drug strategy and supporting recovery (including a ‘Postcard to the Prime Minister’).
Service provider surveys
Residential rehabilitation survey - Please complete this survey if you are a provider of a residential rehabilitation service or services. All responses will be confidential.
Recovery, employment, education and training survey - Please complete this survey if you are a provider of recovery, employment or training services. All responses will be confidential.
Service user surveys
Recovery, employment, education and training survey - Please complete this survey if you are a user of recovery, employment or training services. All responses will be confidential.
Press-release: Government endorses work of Recovery Partnership
Baroness Browning, Minister for crime prevention and anti-social behavior reduction, has endorsed the Recovery Partnership as a voice for the drug and alcohol sector in achieving the successful implementation of the Drug Strategy.
The Recovery Partnership was formed in May 2011 to provide a two-way, free-flowing channel of communication between government and those in the drug and alcohol sector. It brings together the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium, the Recovery Group UK and DrugScope who will draw on the experiences and views of their respective memberships, networks and stakeholders, and provide a collective voice to government on the challenges faced and outcomes achieved by the sector.
In a letter endorsing the group and its work on behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) on Drugs Baroness Browning said: “I see the role of the Recovery Partnership as one of the core strands in helping us to understand the impact our work is having and I am grateful for (their) commitment to this.”
Baroness Browning went on to lend support to the Partnership’s aim to be a collective voice: “The Partnership is certainly a voice to government but should also be a voice to the sector too - this is not about carrying government messages but about providing challenge to the sector on its messaging and performance on the recovery agenda, to support the achievement of better outcomes.”
The Baroness also asked the Partnership to put in a more “explicit link to recovery champions” acknowledging that they would be in a good position to engage with this key group in the recovery landscape.
The Recovery Partnership welcomed the government’s commitment to the achievements and aims of the Recovery Partnership: “Our main aim in forming the Partnership was to provide support for recovery and a voice to government. Our clear view is that the energy, commitment and engagement of the sector will be best achieved and maximised by building on existing strengths, expertise and constituencies. We welcome the challenge and the opportunity to make a positive difference in championing and driving forward a truly recovery-oriented system.”
Click here to read the text of the letter from Baroness Browning