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Issue 1 April 2002
A national newsletter on substance misuse management in primary care
Newsletter Re-launch
What’s NEW about Network?
• New name and layout
• Easy read format
• Increased clinical content
• Hot topics to keep you abreast of what’s going on
• Paper, article and classic book reviews
• A regular alcohol feature
Network Partnerships

The National Treatment Agency (NTA) will provide representation on the
SMMGP Project Advisory Group, will act as fund holder and may become staff
employer for the project. Line management will be through Don Lavoie as NTA
Commissioning Manager. London based office space will be available to the team
SMMGP Re-launch to conduct joint NTA work. Project staff will support the primary care related work
Network is our new newsletter name and
of the NTA.
the new face of the SMMGP project. For
those who are not tongue twisters by

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) will continue to provide
representation on the SMMGP Project Advisory Group and advisory editorial input
nature, most project staff included, it comes
from Dr Claire Gerada and Dr Chris Ford. The RCGP will also make available
none too early. Acronyms exhausted, the
London based office facilities for project staff carrying our joint work. Project staff
name arises from our other known identity
will support the RCGP Certificate programme and other RCGP development work.
as the Primary Care Network and the
function we feel best describes our core

Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust will host the project with project supervision
mission, our way of working and our new provided by Mike Smith, Clinical Manager of Trafford Substance Misuse Services.
partnership arrangements. GP Facilitation will be provided to the project by Dr Chris Ford.
We feel it is a fitting role for the project to bridge the work of GPs,
other primary care staff working in the field and specialist services
with the national policy and development work of the RCGP and
Young people - Determining consent for
drug treatment to minors 2
the NTA
Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test 3
A GP’s reflections on the value of long-term
methadone prescribing 4 •
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A GP’s reflections on the value of
detoxification from opiates 4-5

Visit our
interactive web site
Classics revisited – The Methadone Briefing 5
and virtual offices
Review of recent papers, articles and
reports – drug related deaths, hepatitis C,
MDMA and neurotoxicity 6

If you have a clinical question put it on the on-line surgery
Dr Fixit on hepatitis C, and Palliative Care
Download our on-line
and Methadone 6-7

RCGP Certificate materials
Research Bulletin 8
Hot topics - Government plan to reduce drug

Come to the RCGP national conference Managing Drug Users in General
related deaths, UK still tops drugs league 8
Practice, It’s Not Just About Prescribing on the 9th&10th May. Contact
the RCGP conference organiser on 020 7823 9703 or email
Project contact information 8

Phone NETWORK on 0161 905 1544
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