Druglink article 2012 – Getting better outcomes for drug users by Rosanna O’Connor

Responding to Ira Unell’s article, Rosanna O’Connor emphasises how the TOP helps workers, managers and commissioners deliver effective care plans.

Drug treatment in England has undergone a significant shift in recent years to increasingly orientate towards improved outcomes for drug users in treatment. When the treatment system first expanded a decade ago, the priority was to improve access for the thousands who remained untreated, a mission which was undoubtedly accomplished. Once that had been achieved, the task moved from getting drug users into treatment and stabilising them, to focussing more on their recovery from addiction and reintegration.

The Treatment Outcomes Profile (TOP ) was designed to support putting improving user outcomes at the centre of treatment.

Getting better outcomes for drug users (PDF)