AIDARS reaches long-list of 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards

The Angus Integrated Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service (AIDARS) has reached the long-list of the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards in the category of Service Innovation and Improvement.

This integrated service has brought together the previous substance misuse services from health and Local authority sectors in 2017, to provide best practice and develop innovative approaches to ensure the needs of people and their families affected by substance misuse are met within their own communities. This has provided earlier access to a wider group of treatments, individual person centered outcomes, and supports to the wider family and communities of Angus. The final shortlist for the COSLA Excellence Awards will be released on the 13th August 2019.

Bill Troup, Head of Service, Mental Health, Angus Health and Social Care Partnership, said “One of the key aims behind Health and Social Care Integration was to drive improvement, promote flexibility and encourage innovation in how people were cared for and supported. By being shortlisted for this national award AIDARS, who integrated just over 2 years ago, have been able to demonstrate that they are delivering these aims and more. The difference for people using our service is shorter waiting times, and entering treatment faster which immediately reduces their negative experiences of addiction. Staff should be very proud of what they have achieved in a relatively short period of time.”