About the drugs and alcohol recovery bulletin

We  provide information about the drug and alcohol payment by results (PbR) pilots and give support to:

  • current pilot sites
  • their provider organisations
  • non-pilot Drug and Alcohol Action Teams (DAATS)
  • providers that are not currently involved in PbR contracts but might be interested in developing local models

We also want to engage with health professionals who are delivering drug treatment services within the NHS, police and crime commissioners who will hold the Drug Intervention Programme (DIP) budget, the media, specialist organisations and other interested stakeholders.

This is the kind of information you can expect to find in this online bulletin:

  • regular posts from across the PbR pilot programme, including from the 8 pilots. We also plan to  include some video content
  • an online bulletin from the project team focusing on overall developments within wider PbR
  • announcements on new developments affecting all pilots, for example the publication of the first outcome data
  • an engagement section will be developed to allow pilot sites to share information. This could include guest articles or blogs from pilots on how the delivery of their models is progressing, how provision is changing, and so on
  • updates from the independent evaluation team on how the evaluation is progressing and publication of interim and final reports (expected summer 2013 and summer 2014)

About the drug and alcohol recovery PbR pilots
The Drug Strategy 2010 ‘Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery: Supporting people to live a drug free life’ set out an ambition to explore how payment by results might incentivise the system to deliver on recovery outcomes and to pilot a number of approaches.

The approach taken with the drug and alcohol payment by results pilots looks to further incentivise providers to support adults with drug or alcohol dependency to recover.

The pilots went live in April 2012 after a year of co-design.

The 8 local areas piloting the new approach are:

  • Bracknell Forest
  • London Borough of Enfield
  • Kent
  • Lincolnshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Stockport
  • Wakefield
  • Wigan

This approach is innovative. Previous Department of Health approaches have largely focused on payment for activity and outputs but, under these pilots, providers are no longer paid simply on activity, providers are now rewarded for the outcomes achieved for the individual.

The aim is to test whether such an approach can help more people to break the cycle of dependence and achieve long-term recovery, with recovery having an impact not only for the individual, but also for their families and communities too.

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