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Alcohol Training

FREE Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice Training in North Yorkshire.

Do you work with individuals in the North Yorkshire County Council area who may be drinking alcohol at levels which would be described as hazardous or harmful to themselves and others?

Then this free training will enable you to support those people you are working with by equipping you with up-to-date advice and information.

The training is available to a wide range of non-alcohol specialist workers/volunteers within the North Yorkshire County Council area (excluding the City of York), including:

  • Pharmacy staff
  • GP’s/Practice Nurses
  • Police custody staff
  • People who work in Health & Adult Social Care
  • Youth workers
  • Housing support staff
  • People who work in criminal justice
  • Emergency department staff
  • Lifestyle service workers
  • Mental health care workers
  • Maternity services

Introduction

North Yorkshire County Council

Around 9 million people in England regularly drink above the Government’s sensible drinking guidelines. Alcohol use is one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death, and alcohol misuse is now estimated to cost the NHS around £3.5 billion each year.

Most alcohol related harm is caused by excessive drinkers whose consumption exceeds recommended drinking levels, but who are not yet dependent.

In January 2015, a county-wide strategy for tackling the harms associated with alcohol was published by public health experts in North Yorkshire.

The North Yorkshire alcohol strategy 2014-19 was developed by North Yorkshire County Council's public health team in partnership with local borough and district councils; the county's clinical commissioning groups (CCGs); North Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service. 

North Yorkshire County Council has an alcohol strategy which aims to galvanise partners (statutory ad non-statutory organisations, the community and wider businesses) within North Yorkshire to collectively reduce the harms from alcohol.


We are delighted to announce that the FREE Alcohol identification & Brief Advice training programme, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council, is now available until the end of March 2019.


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What is Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice?

Brief interventions involve offering simple, brief advice and only take a few minutes to complete. Brief advice can be given in a variety of settings by non-alcohol specialists. Offering opportunistic brief advice/interventions in general settings can bring about positive change at both an individual and population level.

High quality brief interventions offered by non-alcohol specialists in the correct settings are crucial for an effective alcohol care pathway.

Accessing the Free Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice Training

This training is free to attend either as an individual, or, if you can get a group of staff/volunteers together (minimum of 8 people, maximum of 16) who would all benefit from this training, then we can come to your organisation and deliver the training ‘in-house’ just for your group.

Interested? Please click on the tabs below to see details of the courses on offer.

Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice - Full-Day (10am-4pm)

Aim of the training:

To increase early identification of problematic (hazardous, harmful and dependent) drinking, and to reduce the harm from alcohol for individuals, families and communities in North Yorkshire.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the evidence base and effectiveness of IBA 
  • Understand the physical, psychological and social effects of alcohol, including the risks of hazardous and harmful drinking 
  • Know the current guidance around safer alcohol use 
  • Be able to raise the issue of alcohol use 
  • Know the interventions required to offer brief advice to support safer alcohol use
  • Demonstrate the use of the recommended screening tools (AUDIT C)
  • Know how to use the Brief Advice structured tool
  • Understand the care pathway and referral routes in North Yorkshire to specialist 
services.

Scheduled Open Course Dates

Monday 1st October - 10am – 4pm

Harrogate BC, Civic Centre, Harrogate

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Thursday 1st November – 10am-4pm

Craven District Council, Skipton

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Monday 4th March – 10am-4pm

Harrogate Borough Council, Harrogate

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Friday 15th March - 10am – 4pm

The Street, Scarborough

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Friday 14th December – 10am-4pm

County Hall, Northallerton

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Monday 14th January 2019 – 10am-4pm

County Hall, Northallerton

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Monday 11th February 2019 – 10am-4pm

County Hall, Northallerton

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In-House Training Option

If you can get a group of staff/volunteers together (minimum of 8 people, maximum of 16) who would all benefit from this training, then we can come to your organisation and deliver the training ‘in-house’ just for your group. Please contact Jenny on 01226 738321 or email jennychristie@drugtrain.org.uk to discuss this option.

Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice – Half-Day Refresher

The half-day refresher training is available for anyone who has previously received Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice training in North Yorkshire since 2015.

Attending the refresher training is a great way to brush up on what you learnt previously, further develop your brief advice skills and to discuss and share with others your experiences when offering brief advice within your role.

Aim of the training:

To increase early identification of problematic (hazardous, harmful and dependent) drinking, and to reduce the harm from alcohol for individuals, families and communities in North Yorkshire.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recap alcohol effects and the current guidance around safer alcohol use
  • Recap learning from initial Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice training
  • Troubleshoot use of the skills in the real world
  • Share good practice
  • Further develop brief advice skills

In-House Training Option

If you can get a group of staff/volunteers together (minimum of 8 people, maximum of 16) who would all benefit from this training, then we can come to your organisation and deliver the training ‘in-house’ just for your group.

Please contact Jenny on 01226 738321 or email jennychristie@drugtrain.org.uk to discuss this option.

Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice – 2 Hour Session (GP’s/Pharmacists)

Alcohol misuse is now estimated to cost the NHS around £3.5 billion each year.

Staff working in healthcare settings such as GP surgeries and pharmacies are in an ideal place to offer Brief Interventions.

Results from the 2015 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey revealed that most people would feel comfortable discussing their alcohol consumption with their GP and 85% of people would answer honestly if asked by their GP about their alcohol consumption.

Aim of the training:

To increase early identification of problematic (hazardous, harmful and dependent) drinking, and to reduce the harm from alcohol for individuals, families and communities in North Yorkshire.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the current guidance around safer alcohol use
  • Understand the evidence base for IBA, underpinned by the psychological approach to dependency
  • Be able to raise the issue of alcohol use with their patients
  • Demonstrate correct use of the recommended screening tools (AUDIT-C)
  • Understand the Care Pathway and referral routes to specialist services in North Yorkshire.

In-House Training

If you can get a group of staff together (minimum of 8 people, maximum of 16) who would all benefit from this training, then we can come to your surgery or pharmacy and deliver the training ‘in-house’ just for your group.

We appreciate that your time is precious, so have developed this 2-hour session which can be delivered during the daytime or as a twilight session.

Please contact Jenny on 01226 738321 or email jennychristie@drugtrain.org.uk to discuss this option.

Looking for something different?

Here are some different types of courses that we offer, please choose a course type below for more information.