Dear Colleagues,Wordcloud

We are delighted to present the fourth edition of the North Wales Area Planning Board for Substance Misuse newsletter.

It provides updates on the work of the Area Planning Board and  associated activities.  Of key note in this edition is the Recovery month celebrations that were held during September and we hope you enjoy reading about the activities that took place and powerful stories we have been honoured enough to have shared with us.

The last year, as always, has been a very busy period for the team and partners and we much appreciate your ongoing support in developing the APB agenda and work programme.  There have been many highlights and of course challenges but I believe we are making steady progress.  The APB leadership has changed quite significantly following the departure of our previous Chair Andrew Jones and prior to this retirement of T/ACC Shaw, both of whom will be missed for the significant contribution they made to the APB.  I am pleased to say though that we have secured further leadership from Lee Robinson, Director Wrexham County Borough Council and Andy Jones, Head of Local Delivery Unit, Nation Probation Service.

Key Positive Developments this period include:

Establishment of the Joint substance misuse and Mental Health service user involvement Service- Caniad

Completion of a Service user led research project to better understand the impact of Novel Psychoactive Substances

Establishment of a Fatal drug poisonings review group as part of the strategy to reduce drug related deaths

Continued development of the Children and Young Peoples  Sub group and best practice forums

Efforts to increase access to Mutual aid

Ongoing work to reduce the demand that alcohol places on public sector services

Continued progress with NW reporting and performance against the WG Key Performance indicators

I hope you will enjoy reading more about these and other areas of work.

We had positive feedback with regard the new format so we have retained this for our fourth edition.  Any further comments or for future stories to be included, please contact Rhiannon Mair.

Best Wishes