Needle and syringe programmes
This commissioning guide provides support for the local implementation of NICE public health guidance through commissioning, and is a resource to help local strategic partnerships (LSPs), local drug partnerships including drug (and alcohol) action teams (D[A]ATs), drug joint commissioning managers and primary care trust (PCT) commissioners in England to commission effective needle and syringe programmes (NSPs) using a harm-reduction approach.
This commissioning guide should be read together with the following NICE guidance:
- NICE public health guidance PH18. Needle and syringe programmes: providing people who inject drugs with injecting equipment
The public health guidance promotes the optimal provision of NSPs among injecting drug users. The recommendations aim to help people over the age of 18 who inject illicit substances. Some of the recommendations are also relevant to adults who inject non-prescribed anabolic steroids and other performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs).
The commissioning guide complements broader drug treatment commissioning guidance from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse.
Implementation of the guidance noted above is the responsibility of LSPs, local drug partnerships (including D[A]ATs), drug joint commissioning managers and PCT commissioners. Commissioners and providers are reminded that it is their responsibility to implement this guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to avoid unlawful discrimination and to have regard to promoting equality of opportunity. Nothing in the guidance should be interpreted in a way which would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
- makes the case for commissioning needle and syringe programmes
- specifies service requirements
- helps you determine local service levels
- helps you ensure corporate and quality assurance.
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This page was last updated: 14 May 2013
- Needle and syringe programmes
- Commissioning needle and syringe programmes
- Specifying needle and syringe programmes
- Determining local service levels for needle and syringe programmes
- Assumptions used in estimating a population benchmark
- The commissioning and benchmarking tool
- Ensuring corporate and quality assurance