Commissioning a Recovery Orientated Substance Misuse Treatment System for Bristol


Safer Bristol commissions services for people who have problems with drugs and alcohol. These services help people to either stop or reduce their use of drugs and alcohol.

The National Drugs Strategy 2012, ‘Reducing demand, restricting supply, building recovery: supporting people to live a drug free life’ sets out the commitment to promote recovery for people with drug and alcohol problems.

This means that Safer Bristol need to commission a new service model that delivers recovery orientated treatment.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to make sure that as many people as possible have their say about the proposed model.

We are asking some questions about this model. The questions are in a questionnaire available online as well as on paper copies.

We will be holding a number of consultation events as well as the web-based survey to collect responses.

If you want more information about the events please see the 'consultation events poster' link below or email or call 0117 914 2222

What Happens Next

The consultation finishes on Friday 17th August.

Based on the feedback we receive we will then make changes to the strategy and the Equalities Impact Assessment.

The Substance Misuse Team Manager will then seek approval for the final documents from the Substance Misuse Joint Commissioning Group. The commissioning process will then continue with new services in place by November 2013.

Related Documents


Following a widespread and inclusive 13-week consultation the Substance Misuse Joint Commissioning Group approved the revised, ‘Commissioning a Recovery Orientated Substance Misuse Treatment System for Bristol 2012-2015’ and Commissioning Intentions documents on 28th September 2012. Bristol City Council’s Cabinet approved them on 4th October 2012.

A significant number of suggestions were taken on board and are being carried forwards as the commissioning process continues.

Safer Bristol would like to thank all of those who took the time to attend consultation events, complete the online questionnaire or otherwise give feedback on the Strategy.

The Substance Misuse Team has now produced a detailed report summarising responses to the consultation in the form of a, ‘We asked, you said, we did’ document.

The document is available as a PDF download at the link below.



Max Harris (Substance Misuse Project Officer) Safer Bristol Substance Misuse Team 0117 914 2207

Key Dates

Status: Closed

Ran from 21 May 2012 to 17 Aug 2012
Results expected 28 September 2012
Feedback expected 12 October 2012

Other Information


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