The spotlight really does seem to have narrowed on the impact of alcohol on young people, I’m happy to say 🙂
Here is another new initiative from Public Health England. Guidance to improve support for young people in A&E with alcohol related problems has been published. It is aimed at A&E clinicians, hospital managers, substance misuse and young people’s commissioners and includes a set of key questions or prompts for professionals to help them develop care pathways within A&E and into other services for young people.
It looks at the extent of the problem
Up to one third of alcohol-related A&E attendances are for under 18 year olds and local areas vary significantly in how they approach the care of young people in this situation. Health services have a responsibility to ensure this ‘teachable moment’ is used to advise young people about their drinking.
And it then key questions for developing pathways which they list as including:
- Understanding levels of unmet need
- Initial screening and referral process
- Information and data sharing
- Next steps
It is another joint venture between PHE and Alcohol Concern and I welcome it as it is a conversation that very much needs to be had.