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Healthcare Needs Assessment: Alcohol and drugs prevention, treatment, and recovery in Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. 
 

We are holding a focus group for service providers to contribute your knowledge and expertise on the extent of the unmet need within drugs and alcohol services, to discuss the components of a comprehensive service and how can this be achieved.
 
Background
Addiction to drugs and alcohol can have a profoundly damaging impact on individuals, their families, the community and the economy, often leading to family breakdown, poverty and crime. It has been recognised that there is significant unmet need in the CHO2 (Galway/Mayo/Roscommon) region with regards services/treatment for those with alcohol or substance misuse issues. To address this, following a number of meetings between the Western Regional Drugs and Alcohol Taskforce and the Department of Public Health HSE West, it was decided that a health needs assessment should be undertaken.
 
A health needs assessment measures the extent and nature of the needs of a particular population so that services can respond to them, in this case, individuals who have alcohol and substance misuse issues and their ability to access services which are appropriate to their needs and available within an appropriate timeframe.
 
The process involves combining different approaches:
Epidemiology: the collection, analysis and interpretation of date including review of existing sources of information and profiling of existing services,
Comparative: assessing existing provision against National and International best practice recommendations,
Corporate: determining the views of the target population and relevant service providers, and formulating recommendations to address the unmet need in the population.
 
The overall aim is to map the provision of substance misuse services according to population need in order to identify any gaps in service. Following this, recommendations as to priorities for service development will be outlined so that we can provide a service which is aligned to best practice guidelines nationally and internationally.
The focus group will be held on Tuesday 10th October from 1.30pm – 4.30pm in the Education Room, Merlin Park Hospital, Galway.
 
The topics for discussion:
What are the current drug and alcohol services?
What are the gaps?
What would a comprehensive service look like?
How do we support the improvement (including the delivery) of drugs and alcohol services?Following this, a report will be produced with recommendations to address the unmet service needs of the target population within CHO2.
If you would like to apply to attend the Focus Group or would like to nominate someone from your organisation on your behalf please respond to public.health@hse.ie before 5pm on Tuesday 3rd October stating the name of the nominee and the organisation that they represent. Attendance is free of charge.
 
Kind regards,
 
Dr. Katharine Harkin
Specialist Registrar
 
Public Health Department
Merlin Park Hospital
Galway