Assertive Outreach Team (AOT)
The Alcohol Assertive Outreach Team is an innovative new service developed in partnership with the Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (GP leads) and local hospitals. The aim of the AOT is to support people with alcohol misuse in the community, who have been frequent attenders to hospital with alcohol-related issues. The team consists of three specialist nurses based at community sites and general hospitals (UCLH and RFH) throughout the week. Our current criteria is for patients who present, or are admitted to a general hospital, four times within a six month period.
Community Detox Nurse
The Community Detox Nurse facilitates community detoxes at our main hub (Early Mews), at GP Surgeries and within the Service Users’ home, where necessary
Our Consultant Psychiatrist is a medical doctor with a background of training in psychiatry and subspecialisation in addictions. His role is to provide clinical leadership for the whole team, giving advice and support on clinical issues (e.g. suitability for detoxification, physical health and mental illness) and he oversees prescribing of medications for outpatient detoxification as well as relapse prevention medications and psychiatric assessments.
Our clinical psychologist is a registered health professional with a doctorate in clinical psychology and a background of working with service users with alcohol and/or drug problems. She uses evidence-based psychological approaches e.g. “talking therapies” to help reduce psychological distress and promote wellbeing. She offers individual assessments and therapy for a wide range of psychological difficulties including depression, PTSD, anxiety, anger, self-harm, cognitive difficulties, and other problems.
Our GP/Outreach workers are based in GP surgeries throughout the Borough, providing alcohol assessments, 1:1 support, harm minimisation advice, support with safe reduction of alcohol use and referral for residential detox/rehab. The GP/Outreach workers provide joint working with AOT, navigating Service Users through ICAS to the appropriate area of support for their individual need.
Alcohol Recovery Workers
Our alcohol Recovery Workers are based at the fixed site, facilitating our Foundations of Recovery group work programme and delivering 1:1 psychosocial interventions and support.
Criminal Justice/Outreach Worker
Our Criminal Justice Worker works closely with the National Probation Service, seeing individuals who have committed alcohol-related offences.
Alcohol Recovery Family Workers
Our Alcohol Recovery Family Workers (Family Alcohol Service Workers) are based at NSPCC premises on Greenland Place full time, delivering therapeutic and psychosocial alcohol treatment to adults identified with problematic alcohol use who are accessing the Family Alcohol Service. They work as part of a multidisciplinary team, which delivers a range of interventions to the whole family, working holistically with service users and their families, helping them to understand the physical and psychological effects of alcohol misuse and the part that this plays in their family life.
Some Space (affected others service) Workers
Some Space team offers support to adult Camden residents affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use, a family member, a partner or a friend. They offer individual advice sessions about addiction and self-protection, counselling sessions, and relationship reconciliation sessions to repair communication within families. They can also refer for alternative therapies like massage or acupuncture. The team offers “some space” where clients find support, understanding and peace from the effects of addiction.