My Fellowship findings and recommendations have now been uploaded to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website.
This feels like quite an achievement since it was way back in September 2014 when I submitted my application, with my travels eventually taking place in October 2015 following months of preparation.
The whole experience has been incredible to date and I would recommend it to anyone. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way.
I am pleased to share with you the results of my Fellowship, which includes the following recommendations for Scotland (and the rest of the UK).
- SUPERVISED INJECTING FACILITIES:
Wherever there are significant numbers of people injecting in public, there is a clear need for supervised injecting facilities.
- TAKE-HOME NALOXONE:
Take-Home Naloxone should be available free of charge, and promoted widely, to those most likely to witness an overdose.
- ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT AND RETENTION IN TREATMENT SERVICES:
Low threshold services should be widely available across the country.
These recommendations are accompanied by specific actions which are detailed in my report that can be accessed here.
Of course, this is not the end! Since returning from my travels I have been presenting to and meeting with key stakeholders in Scotland to highlight the clear benefits and evidence base for the proposed actions. I look forward to the next phase…
Thank you for your interest and please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any comments or questions on any aspect of this Fellowship.