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Improving services for substance misuse: commissioning drug treatment and harm reduction services

Drug treatment is provided by a network of services. In 2005, the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA), in partnership with the Healthcare Commission, embarked on a joint three-year programme of annual service reviews as part of an initiative to enhance the quality, consistency and effectiveness of drug treatment.

The service reviews are designed to assess the provision and commissioning of drug treatment against key indicators. They provide a benchmark of the quality of drug treatment and information on areas of weakness, against which improvement can be planned.

This report presents the results of the second in the series of reviews. It was carried out in 2006/2007 and covered commissioning and systems management of drug treatment and harm reduction services.

Health Care Commission
National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection