Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership (EADP) oversees the development and implementation of an alcohol and drug strategy for the city. It is a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Police Scotland, the third sector and those with lived experience of addiction and recovery. It is the forum where these organisations work together to make Edinburgh a city which has a healthy attitude towards drinking and where recovery from problem alcohol or drug use is a reality.
EADP Strategic plan 2021 – 24
EADP is required to submit a strategic plan and delivery plan to the Scottish Government. In 2020/21, the ADP developed a strategic plan in response to the new national strategy, “Rights, Respect and Recovery”. In line with that document, it is structured in five areas of work:
- Prevention and Early Intervention
- Developing Recovery Orientated Systems of Care
- Getting it right for Children, YP and Families
- A Public Health Approach to Justice
- Alcohol Framework
The full strategic plan can be found here: EADP Strategic Plan 2021-2024
An Integrated impact assessment of the predicted effects or impacts of the plan on meeting the public sector equality duties to: eliminate discrimination. promote equality of opportunity can be found here: IIA – copy 7
Several national and local initiatives are focussed on ensuring that the design and delivery of services are informed by the lived and living experience of those who rely on them. We have a framework for involving people with lived experience called “Hear Our Voice“. Key initiatives underway are:
Involvement of people with lived experience of addiction and recovery in delivery of services: As noted above, peers are part of delivery in most treatment settings and an increasing proportion of htre workforce are openly in recovery. Where this is (appropriately) shared it can have a significant impact on how patients respond to support. It also influences the culture and insight of the system as a whole.
Use of experiential evidence in the development of plans and services is a requirement of the MAT standards (see above) and is welcomed by the ADP. Development by April 2022 was a number of individual exercises but a more systematic approach is under development.
Consultation and representation: lived and living experience panels are now a requirement for all ADPs and the local model is expected to incorporate events bringing carers, people in recovery and decision makers together as well as a standing panel and traditional consultation approaches. An existing forerunner of the approach is provided by the City Centre Engagement group which provides representation for those experiencing homelessness.
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