The Leeds Addiction Unit clinical service is currently operating under the banner of Forward Leeds as part of the new alcohol and drug treatment service in Leeds.
The essential role of the clinical service is to provide assessment, treatment and aftercare for people who misuse alcohol and other drugs and who have complex needs.
The clinical service is based within ‘Forward Leeds’, which is the integrated drug and alcohol service for the city of Leeds. Access to services is assured by having Leeds Addiction Service staff located in locality based ‘hubs’ in Armley, Seacroft and the city centre.
In addition we offer home visiting, primary care based clinics and hospital liaison. The scope of complex problems includes people with alcohol/drug dependence or poly-drug use and:
severe and enduring mental illness
moderate or severe mental illness other than psychosis
women who are pregnant and their partners
people needing high tariff or specialist prescribing
physical health needs requiring hospital admission
Service users have a care plan, which includes family and friends, is based on a psychosocial intervention supplemented by all necessary special needs interventions. Pharmacotherapies, including ‘high tariff’ prescribing, are integrated in the care plan. Therapists work alongside other practitioners from Forward Leeds or specialist services, ‘wrap around’ services, primary care, criminal justice services and others. All service users will work with their keyworker to achieve their personal goals as part of their care programme. Typically care programmes run from three to twelve months.
We expect our staff to demonstrate their commitment to creating a safe and fair environment by challenging behaviour which is unacceptable, in particular on the grounds of race, gender, colour, ethnicity or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age and faith or belief.
The service is open to service users on:
9.00am–5.00pm Monday and Friday 9.00am–7.00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
The Addiction Unit clinical work is complemented by the Training Department which has a portfolio of courses validated and accredited by the University of Leeds, and additionally the unit consultants collaborate on leading a programme of clinically orientated research. The clinical and non-clinical services are strongly bound together so each benefits from the other.
The service works collaboratively with a large number of very different stakeholders including service users, the Universities of Leeds and York, commissioners, other service providers both locally and nationally and provides consultancy and advice to national bodies.
Other local services
The clinical service, Forward Leeds, offers a wide range of support packages for people with emerging or chornic alcohol or drug problems. Please contact Forward Leeds for further information on 0113 887 2477.
Leeds Addiction Unit Training Department offers a range of modules and programmes of study in addictions accredited by University of Leeds as well as short non-assessed courses tailored to meet the needs of different professional groups and occupational settings. All modules are available on a stand-alone basis. Bespoke training can be arranged to suite an agency or service.
To find out more about training opportunities with Leeds Addiction Unit please call 0113 295 1330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our publications include peer reviewed journal articles which are, in the main, the product of our research work and edited books or book chapters which reflect our involvement in the addictions field more generally.
The Addiction Unit is committed to undertaking research that is clinically relevant – in this way clinical services benefit from our involvement in research.
Learning to live again is a project run by service users for service users on a voluntary basis. The aim of the project is to help people who have either stopped drinking or taking drugs, or who are stable with regard to their substance use and ready to move on with their lives. The project is all about getting involved in pleasurable activities. Some examples of activities are:
Gym or other exercise opportunities
Visits to local places of interest
Get in touch
The Leeds Addiction Unit teams work out of three hubs across the city of Leeds:
The West North West (WNW) Service is based at Armley Park Court.
The City and South Service is based at 74 Kirkgate, Leeds.
The East North East (ENE) Service is based at Irford House in Leeds.