A substance use monitoring tool for people with serious mental health problems
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A substance use monitoring tool for people with serious mental health problems

Chris Sheret Community mental health nurse, Dorset Healthcare University Foundation NHS Trust, Bournemouth
Martyn Lewis Team leader, assertive outreach team, Dorset Healthcare University Foundation NHS Trust, Bournemouth
Jerry Warr Reader in practice development, school of health and social care, Bournemouth University, Dorset

Staff often overlook substance misuse, which can be detrimental to treatment outcomes. Chris Sheret and colleagues present a simple instrument for staff to use in collaboration with clients

An assertive outreach team has developed and introduced a monitoring tool to improve identification of substance use in service users with serious mental health problems. The tool enables staff to record the extent of dependence, associated mental and physical health problems, social difficulties, risky behaviours and motivation for change. Feedback on the tool from staff and clients has been positive. Screening for substance use and its consequences should be part of routine practice and requires adequate training and updating for staff.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 3, 28-31. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.11.17.3.28.e825

Correspondence

martyn.lewis@dhuft.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 16 November 2012

Accepted: 18 January 2013