Harrogate community alcohol team is based at:

Valley Gardens Resource Centre

Windsor House

Cornwall Road

Harrogate, HG1 2PW

Tel: 01423 852000

About the service

The community alcohol service is a team of specialist workers offering community interventions for adults with issues or concerns regarding the misuse of alcohol.

Interventions are time limited and have 'recovery' as an integral theme within the programmes.

These interventions include:

  • Assessment
  • Community detoxification
  • Care coordination
  • Motivational enhancement therapy
  • Mental health assessment
  • Prescribed treatments
  • Relapse prevention
  • One to one counselling
  • Liaison and sign posting to other health or social care services
  • Harm reduction approaches.

The team do some specific work with North Yorkshire Probation service and also have a recovery group which is co-facilitated by service users.

Interventions are mainly delivered at the service user's home or the hospital site.

The service operates 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The team do not work weekends or public holidays and are not an emergency service.

The team

The community alcohol team includes a consultant psychiatrist (with special interest in addiction), specialist registrar, senior house officer, nurse team manager, community nurses, social worker, community alcohol workers and a team secretary.

How to access the service

All new referrals must come through a GP or a qualified worker who is working with the person (such as a nurse, social worker).

When a referral is made it will have included a dependency questionnaire, which helps the team give priority to referrals and helps them to match the assessor to the service user.

The assessment usually takes about one hour and is an interview with a member of staff. During this interview the assessor will collect some historical information, personal information, arrange for some further investigations (blood tests), detail some treatments that may be available, give the person some indication of what they feel is the best way forward and together with the client draw up an initial treatment plan.

If the assessor feels the team can't help they will either refer on to another service or direct the person towards another service.

The assessor will inform the referrer (usually GP) of the outcome of the assessment in writing.

The service user will have confidentiality explained to them from the onset and they will be required to sign a statement confirming this.