From famine to feast as dual diagnosis features in new UK government policy and strategy

Ian Hamilton (Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK)

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Publication date: 21 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to outline the latest policy announcements by the UK Government and how they relate to people who have co-occurring mental health and substance use problems.

Design/methodology/approach

A rapid review was undertaken of policy, strategy and guidance.

Findings

All three publications are united by their ambition to improve the care and treatment for people who have developed problems with substances and their mental health. The challenge will be to realise these ambitions in an environment where financial and human resources are contracting.

Originality/value

It is important for clinicians, commissioners of treatment and researchers to be kept informed of policy development and how these initiatives will affect people with mental health and substance use problems.

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Citation

Hamilton, I. (2017), "From famine to feast as dual diagnosis features in new UK government policy and strategy", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 120-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/ADD-08-2017-0010

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