Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice
Manchester’s Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice Training Programme (Alcohol IBA) aims to help local professionals identify levels of health risk from alcohol and deliver simple, structured brief advice to people who could benefit from cutting down.
The programme is based on the robust evidence-base of 56 controlled trials over 30 years which show that the use of a validated screening questionnaire followed by five minutes of structured, motivational advice is effective in reducing health risks from alcohol in 1 in 8 recipients.
Manchester’s local alcohol strategy sets out to increase access to Alcohol IBA across a range of targeted settings including: hospitals, primary care, maternity services, organisations working with parents and families, probation, prison, occupational health, Job Centre Plus, organisations working with older adults, mental health services, sexual health services and drug services.
Commissioned by Public Health Manchester, we provide multi-agency and bespoke alcohol training free of charge to prioritised staff groups across the city. To arrange a bespoke training session for your team or service, please contact Kate Campbell to discuss your requirements.
Training Programme 2014/2015
Our alcohol courses aim to provide the skills and knowledge required to perform competently against the National Occupational Standard AH10 ‘Employ techniques to help individuals to adopt sensible drinking behaviour'.
Multi-agency training dates for 2014/2015 are available through the service training programme click here. The next available 1 day course dates are:
Getting the Measure of It – Alcohol IBA for adults of working age
Safer drinking in later life – Alcohol IBA for older adults
Alcohol Dependency Awareness
Working with families affected by substance misuse
We also co-deliver a 1-day course “Working with families affected by substance misuse” as part of the Manchester Safeguarding Children Board Multi-Agency Training Programme. To book a place on this course please visit the MSCB Training website.
Training Report 2013/2014
During 2013/2014, a total of 476 individual staff working in services across Manchester attended Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) training. The majority of courses (88%) were provided as bespoke sessions, tailored to the individual team or service. A sample of multi-agency course evaluations highlighted that staff reported improved learning in the following areas:
- Explain the benefits of discussing alcohol use with adult service users – 95% (71% reported that their learning had greatly improved)
- Calculate the unit and calorie content of popular alcoholic drinks and home measures – 90% ( over half of staff reported that their learning had greatly improved)
- Identify risk levels of drinking using a validated identification tool eg AUDIT-C/AUDIT – 96%
- Discuss how to offer 5 minutes brief advice using an evidence based visual aid – 100% (over half of staff reported that their learning had greatly improved)
- Identify who would benefit from an extended brief intervention or specialist alcohol advice/treatment and support referral appropriately – 95% (over half of staff reported that their learning had greatly improved)
100% of delegates reported an increase in confidence and an increase in awareness of the course topics following the training.
Training Report 2011/2012
During 2011/2012, a total of 565 individual staff working with Manchester residents were trained to deliver Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice. Targeted workforce groups included: frontline community staff, organisations working with parents, antenatal/midwifery staff, HMP Manchester staff, Manchester District Probation staff, specified primary care staff (i.e. GPs, dentists and pharmacists), Job Centre Plus, organisations working with Over 50s and staff of MHSCT.
Training Report 2009/2010
During 2009/2010, a total of 402 individual staff working with Manchester residents were trained to deliver Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice. Targeted workforce groups included: Manchester Community Health front line staff – with focus on District Nurses, Active Case Managers and Health Trainers; Manchester Drug Service frontline staff; Student nurses; Manchester District Probation staff and HMP Manchester healthcare staff.
All our alcohol training and resources incorporate the most up-to-date risk based terminology used by the Department of Health i.e. lower risk, increasing risk, higher risk. To order supplies of any of these resources or for further details about Alcohol IBA training, please contact Kate Campbell.
Manchester's guide to alcohol identification and brief advice accompanies IBA training and aims to help staff identify who is at risk of harm from their alcohol use and provide a brief intervention.
Alcohol time to check? single use copies of the validated alcohol risk screening questionnaire AUDIT-C
Drink Check single use copies of the validated alcohol risk screening questionnaire AUDIT with integrated guide to units/kcals.
C4L Brief advice about alcohol risk visual aid to support the delivery of structured brief advice.
Start4Life Brief advice about alcohol risk in pregnancy visual aid to support the delivery of structured brief advice in antenatal settings.
Drink Smart illustrated A5 self-help guide.
Safer drinking in later life newspaper themed leaflet aims to support the delivery of structured brief advice with older adults.
One drink isn’t always one unit A3 poster suitable for waiting areas and clinics focusing on the unit/kcal content of popular alcoholic drinks.
To order supplies of any of these resources or for further details about Alcohol IBA training, see the Order IBA Supplies below:
Free resources for Pharmacies in Manchester
Improve access to self-help for increasing and higher risk drinkers
Alcohol is the community pharmacy health promotion theme across Greater Manchester throughout August and September. So if you are a community pharmacy in the Manchester area, here are our top 5 promotional leaflets available to order:
- ‘Drink Smart’ Text Service - these A5 flyers are promotional leaflets that can be given out offering customers a free NHS self-help pack by post
- Unit calculator wheels – handy unit calculator wheels that will add up how many units are in popular alcoholic drinks as well as provide a guide to calorie content
- Alcohol can affect your family life – leaflets aimed at parents and carers including mums- and dads-to-be
- Safer drinking in later life – a promotional leaflet designed to improve access to information and self-help for older adults
- Community Alcohol Team – we also have service leaflets to support signposting customers for more advice or support including details of the team’s new website www.manchestercat.org
Let us know:
- the leaflets you require
- how many you would like +
- where to send them.
Email us your order: Kate Campbell
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