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Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice TrainingFREE Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice Training in West Sussex

West Sussex County Council's Public Health team has commissioned Drugtrain to deliver a programme of FREE Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice (IBA) training during 2014-2016.

This micro-site is designed to provide information and resources for the FREE Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice training and will be updated regularly with new dates, venues and other relevant information, so keep checking back for further details.

1. What is Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice?

2. A variety of available training courses

3. Eligibility

4. Training for Primary Care Workers

5. Accessing the training

6. Testimonials

7. Training venues

1. What is Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice?

Most alcohol-related harm is caused by excessive drinkers whose consumption exceeds recommended drinking levels, but who are not yet dependent. One way to reduce consumption levels and reduce harm in a community can be to offer brief advice. 

Alcohol Identification & Brief AdviceBrief interventions involve offering simple brief advice and only take a few minutes to complete. Brief advice can be given by non-alcohol specialists such as general medical practitioners, other primary care staff, mental health workers, hospital physicians and nurses, social workers or probation officers.

Offering opportunistic brief advice/interventions in general settings can bring about positive change at both an individual and population level.

Evidence suggested that for every eight people who receive simple alcohol advice, one will reduce their drinking to within lower-risk levels (Moyer et al., 2002). This compares favorably with smoking where only one in twenty will act on the advice given.

Patients who received brief advice on alcohol in A&E made 0.5 fewer visits to the A&E during the following 12 months (Crawford et al., 2004). IBA has been identified as a high impact change.

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2. A variety of available training courses

The overall aim of the programme is to increase the early identification of problematic (hazardous, harmful and dependent) drinking, and to reduce the harm from alcohol for individuals, families and communities in West Sussex.

We know there will be people out there who have already attended some of the Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice training with Drugtrain in the last couple of years, so for those of you who have, there are still sessions that you can attend.

The Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice training is flexible in its delivery, and we are happy to offer:

Take a look at our SUGGESTED LEARNING OUTCOMES for each of the sessions.

If you are looking for Drugtrain to deliver this training 'in-house', please note the training can be tailored for the particular needs of your group. For instance, if you are a service in West Sussex working with people with mental health needs, the course will specifically look at the relationship between mental health and alcohol use.

The training is mapped to DANOS competencies. More information about DANOS competencies and what units this course is mapped to can be found by clicking here.

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3. Eligibility

The FREE Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice training is available to a range of staff groups who have front line contact with adults (over 18's) in the West Sussex area.

If you know an individual or an organisation within West Sussex that could be eligible for the FREE Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice training, either let us know or pass this information on to them!

The following are NOT eligible for free places on this training:

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4. Training for Primary Care workers

Are you interested in receiving this training but have limited time? Contact us to find out how we can bring the Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice training to your surgery/department at a time to suit you.

Here are some comments from staff who work in GP Surgeries within West Sussex who have recently received this training:

“Very well designed sessions”

“Good session delivered with enthusiasm, thank you”

“Punchy presentation facilitated by providing facts within realm of quiz”

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5. Accessing the training

There are two ways we deliver the FREE Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice training:

The training can be delivered as a bespoke 'in-house' session which is tailored to the specific requirements of a team or organisation, or an individual can book themselves on to one of the
pre-arranged training
sessions which will be taking place in various locations throughout West Sussex.

The bespoke 'in-house' training is an excellent way to get the most out of the Alcohol Identification & Brief Advice training, and it's FREE. So, if you'd like to receive this training in your venue, tailored to your organisation, exclusively for your staff then we'd love to hear from you.

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6. Testimonials

"I just wanted to say we really enjoyed the training this week. Some of our peer mentor clients also attended and gained a lot. The trainer made the information accessible , relevant and clear. It was just the right length of time and will enhance the work that my frontline staff deliver."
Stu Gibbons, Stonepillow

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booking form booking form 7. Training venues

We're always on the look out for good venues, so if you have a venue in the West Sussex area that you think we could use, please do contact us on 01226 738321.

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