Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

Health written question – answered on 14th March 2012.

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Photo of Mike Wood Mike Wood Labour, Batley and Spen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the (a) interim and (b) concluding reports from the drug and alcohol recovery payment by results pilots and the report on lessons learned from those pilots will be published.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Drugs and Alcohol Recovery Payment by Results (PbR) pilots programme is being launched in the week commencing 2 April 2012, and will be independently evaluated. The evaluation findings and lessons learned will be widely disseminated. Detailed publication plans will be developed in due course.

Eight pilot areas will launch new PbR models which have been co-designed in April. The purpose of the pilots is to explore how PbR can work for drug recovery for adults in the community and to incentivise providers to support people to achieve lasting recovery. The Department has commissioned the University of Manchester to carry out a three-year independent evaluation of the drugs and alcohol recovery PbR pilots programme. The evaluation team are required to produce the following outputs/reports:

In June 2012, following an initial scoping and feasibility phase, provide a report including a selective review of the relevant research literature, refined evaluation; proposals, detail on the engagement with pilot sites to date and any emerging findings;

Provide further interim reports on an annual basis;

Provide brief update reports on a quarterly basis, including submission of headline management information; and

Provide a final report in October 2014.

Under the terms and conditions of departmental research contracts, research contractors are expected to publish their findings. The evaluation team will be asked to produce a detailed publication and dissemination plan in due course.

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