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Submission number 1351869537244-1568
Submission date
  • 02-Nov-2012
Owner of the commitment SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems)
Name of the organisation's representative in the forum Eric Carlin
Name of the affiliated Umbrella Organisation or Federation Eurocare
Title of the commitment Information and support for Health Professionals
Commitment summary Information and support for Health Professionals

SHAAP will support Health Professionals in preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm by:

- Holding seminars and producing expert guidance on alcohol-related health harms
- Holding seminars and producing expert guidance promoting evidence-based service interventions
- Highlighting particular issues where the evidence requires clarification and discussion
- Working with the Scottish Medical Colleges and Faculties to influence clinicians' daily practice
- Advocating with government and international institutions, including the European Union, to prioritise health issues in policy making around alcohol and to ensure that alcohol-related issues are considered across all areas of public policy.
Link to further information relating to the commitment
Forum members, associated with the commitment
Partners, associated to the commitment

Contact Point

Contact name Eric Carlin
Organisation SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems)
Title/Position Director
Address
Queen Street 12
EH2 1JQ Edinburgh
Other
Tel +44(0)131 247 3665
Fax
Email shaap.director@rcpe.ac.uk
If the commitment is implemented in more than one Member State indicate for each country the name of the national contact point

Information about the commitment

Background to the commitment (if any) Excessive consumption of alcohol has become one of the most significant health and societal challenges in Scotland and is the cause of considerable physical, psychological and social harm. As alcohol has become cheaper, stronger and more available, consumption has doubled and alcohol related harm now cost NHS Scotland more than £268 million per year.
In response to this, SHAAP was set up by the Scottish Medical Royal Colleges in 2006 to provide a coordinated, coherent and authoritative medical and clinical voice about reducing alcohol-related harm for the people of Scotland.
Our aims are:
- To raise awareness and understanding of alcohol-related health problems with health practitioners, policy makers and the public
- To evaluate current research and identify strategies to reduce alcohol-related health damage based on the best available evidence
- To work together with key organisations in the alcohol field in Scotland, the rest of the UK and worldwide in tackling alcohol misuse.
Priority areas
  • Develop information and education programmes on the effect of harmful drinking
  • Develop information and education programmes on responsible patterns of consumption
  • Promote effective behavioural change among children and adolescents
  • Better cooperation / actions on responsible commercial communication and sales
Baseline SHAAP's research and events have been influential in prioritising and focussing alcohol policy. SHAAP reviewed the evidence in relation to links between price, consumption and alcohol-related harm and proposed a range of policy measures which could be introduced to reduce levels of harm, including minimum unit pricing, which has now been adopted by the Scottish government. Our activities have led to a policy shift in recognising the importance of price and marketing and the need for a whole population approach to reduce alcohol-related harm. SHAAP also convened a seminar which identified barriers within the NHS to implementing Alcohol Brief Interventions. The findings from the event were developed into a resource which informed national roll-out of Brief Interventions, with 5,000 copies distributed. In 2011, SHAAP held an expert workshop on Alcohol and Cancer. A publication "Alcohol and Cancer Risks: A guide for Health Professionals" will be published and disseminated later this year.
Start date Dec-2012
End date Jul-2015
Expected interim date
  • 31-Jul-2013
  • 31-Jul-2014
Final report date
  • 31-Jul-2015
Member states
  • United Kingdom
Other concerned countries

Commercial communication

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Description

Consumer information

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Counseling

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Education

Target
  • Staff / professionals/policy makers
Tool
  • Information leaflets
  • Seminars
  • web sites
Description Produce guidance for Health Professionals on Alcohol and Cancer Hold expert seminars on: Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain; Liver Transplantation; Alcohol and Mental Health; Issues related to Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Media

Target
  • Staff / professionals/policy makers
Tool
  • Newspapers
  • Radio
  • TV
Description Produce at least 6 media briefings each year Disseminate bi-monthly policy and research briefings

Youth involvment

Target
Tool
Description

Research

Area
  • Alcohol related harm
  • Drinking patterns/consumption
Description Correlate and analyse research evidence relating to: Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain; Liver Transplantation; Alcohol and Mental Health; Issues related to Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Hold expert seminars on: Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain; Liver Transplantation; Alcohol and Mental Health; Issues related to Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Treatment

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Description

Commitment activities in the following Member States

Commitment activities in the following Member States

Information on monitoring

Objectives
Relevance (i.e. how will the commitment contribute to achieving the aim of the Forum ?)

Input indicators

Number of people involved
Time spent (Man/hours)
Cost (please indicate in €)
Other

Information on monitoring

Number of people reached
Number of people in the target group reached
Number of participants in different activities
Web site visitors
Number of products
Number of pamphlets/adverts
Established number of contacts
Other

Outcome and impact

Short term
Medium Term
Long Term

Evaluation details

Tool use
  • Internal evaluators
Type of methodology
  • Questionnaire
  • Media surveys

Details about the monitoring report

Title of the commitment
Information and support for Health Professionals
Name of the Forum member organisation owning the commitment
SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems)
Name of the Forum member organisation owning the commitment
SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems)
Is this a report for an ongoing commitment or a final report?
INTERMEDIATE
What is the time period covered by this report (in the case of a final report, the reporting period is the life span of the commitment)?
2012-2013
Point of contact for the commitment (the person authorised by the organisation owning the commitment who can be contacted for information about the commitment):
Carlin Eric - SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems)
12, Queen Street
EH2 1JQ Edinburgh
Other
+44(0)131 247 3665

shaap.director@rcpe.ac.uk
Commitment summary (based on summary given in original commitment form):
Information and support for Health Professionals

SHAAP will support Health Professionals in preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm by:

- Holding seminars and producing expert guidance on alcohol-related health harms
- Holding seminars and producing expert guidance promoting evidence-based service interventions
- Highlighting particular issues where the evidence requires clarification and discussion
- Working with the Scottish Medical Colleges and Faculties to influence clinicians' daily practice
- Advocating with government and international institutions, including the European Union, to prioritise health issues in policy making around alcohol and to ensure that alcohol-related issues are considered across all areas of public policy.
Web site/s relating to the commitment
www.shaap/org.uk
Description of the implementation of the commitment
SHAAP has worked independently and with a range of partner agencies to deliver on its commitments. Our two members of staff, with support from an Executive Committee made up of members of the Royal Colleges, have:
Arranged a series of seminars and discussions on topics such as public health and industry influence, young people and alcohol and alcohol policy
Developed media and communications messages to provide evidence based, medical information on alcohol harm
Worked across the Royal Colleges to disseminate advice on best practice
Worked with local, national and European government to ensure that alcohol-related health harms are considered across all areas of public policy
Submitted responses to UK and Scottish Government consultations on alcohol policy
Objectives (cf. sections 4-5 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter): in which way and to which extent have the objectives set out in the original commitment form been achieved in the reporting period?
Expert guidance on alcohol-related health harms: SHAAP in partnership with the Scottish Alcohol Research Network, has delivered a series of seminars (three to date) to promote research on alcohol. The topic for the current series of seminars is alcohol and young people; each seminar has been attended by up to 25 people and written summaries of the presentations have been widely distributed in hard and electronic copy.
Expert guidance on evidence based interventions: Publication of guidance for healthcare practitioners on the link between alcohol and cancer: dissemination of report to all GPs and practice nurses in Scotland. The publication has also been picked up and distributed via partner organisations, such as the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network.
Highlighting particular issues where the evidence requires clarification and discussion: SHAAP regularly produces press releases and other media comment to clarify data on alcohol-related health harms. Examples include comments on alcohol-related hospital discharges and alcohol-related deaths in Scotland.
In September 2013 SHAAP held an expert workshop assessing evidence of the non-trivial impact of alcohol on the adolescent brain. A summary report has been produced and a full report is due for publication April 2014.
Working with the Scottish Medical Colleges and Faculties to influence daily practice: SHAAP works to disseminate to practitioners examples of best practice and innovative research via a daily media monitoring service and the publication of a quarterly Research and Policy Briefing. We provide regular updates on all our activities to the Royal Colleges and Faculties.
Advocacy work: SHAAP works with the BMA in Scotland and Alcohol Focus Scotland to influence and inform local, national and EU government. Examples include, supporting the implementation of Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland and the rest of the UK and evidencing the influence of the alcohol industry on public health policy.
SHAAP is currently working with Alcohol Focus Scotland to establish a Scottish alcohol alliance', working with voluntary/third sector health and social care organisations.
SHAAP holds regular meetings with the Scottish Government and representatives of opposition parties at the Scottish Parliament.
Our Chair and Director are both active in advocacy work across Europe; the Director works closely to support the work of Eurocare and EAHF and our Chair is leading advocacy work with bodies representing health care professionals in the EU.
Relevance (i.e. how did the commitment during the reporting period contribute to achieving the overall aims of the Forum - cf. section 3 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
SHAAP supports health care professionals to prevent and reduce alcohol-related health harms. We have sought to support the aims of the Forum by disseminating evidence based, medical information on the harmful effects of drinking and to promote the (UK) levels of alcohol consumption in line with weekly recommended limits for women and men. Specific examples include our work on cancer and alcohol and alcohol and the adolescent brain.
SHAAP is currently working with health care professionals to assess use of Alcohol Brief Interventions and to what degree substance use is integrated into medical education.
SHAAP works with partner agencies in Scotland to promote public health interests in respect of licensing and enforcement of age restrictions on the purchase of alcohol.
Input indicators (resources allocated to the commitment ("What was done to put the objectives into practice?") - cf. section 5a of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
SHAAP has two part time members of staff, supported by active Executive Committee. To fulfil its commitments SHAAP undertakes the following and organisations
Campaigns at local, national and EU level to promote awareness of alcohol-related harm and the most effective methods to tackle this harm (namely action on pricing and availability)
Organises seminars and discussions to disseminate up to date information and examples of best practice to practitioners and members of the public health community
Works in collaboration with the Scottish Alcohol Research Network to strength the links with as many health care professionals as possible
Plays an active role in the develop of strategy and policy in the EU, via Eurocare and EAHF
Undertakes advocacy work in the EU in collaboration with representatives of health care professionals
Disseminates alcohol related news, examples of research and policy via a daily media monitoring report and a quarterly briefing
Responds to relevant UK and Scottish Government consultations on alcohol policy
Output indicators (measure from a quantitative point of view the results created through the use of inputs ("What was achieved with the resources allocated to the commitment") - cf. section 5b of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter)
Held three successful seminars on alcohol and young people (average number attending 25)
Held three public talks/discussions on alcohol policy and public health (average number attending 50)
Attends on average 10 national and 3 international conferences on alcohol policy per year
Held on expert workshop on alcohol and adolescence with 30 people attending. A follow up event was held at the Scottish Parliament with approximately 50 people attending
Holds 3 to 4 meetings with the Scottish Government each year
Distributes news/policy updates to on average 200 people
Has an active Twitter account with 325 followers
Produced and disseminated a guide to practice re alcohol and cancer to all General Practitioners in Scotland and all Practice Nurses
Responded to 1 UK Government consultation and 2 Scottish Government consultaions
Outcome and impact indicators (how successful has the commitment been during the reporting period in relation to the original objectives - cf. section 6 of the Monitoring Commitment in Annex II of the Forum Charter. These indications go beyond the minimum agreed requirements to monitor a commitment, and it is expected that this type of evaluation will not be carried out for all commitments.)
Short term
SHAAP has a respected position in Scotland for its work on alcohol policy evidenced by the willingness of key players (such as the Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland) to work with us and seek our support
Continues to attract credible partners, such as the Scottish Alcohol Research Network
High attendance for organised events
Media seeks SHAAP out for public comment
Wide dissemination of publications
Continued support from the Royal Colleges via membership of the Executive Committee
Maintain level of personal and organisational email/web/twitter contacts
Medium term
Sustained effective working relationship with established partners
Created working relationships with a new set of partners e.g. building a Scottish Alcohol Alliance
Increase number of personal and organisational email/web/twitter contacts
Long term
Made a valuable and sustained contribution to provision of information and support for Health Professionals in Scotland and across Europe by building effective working relationships
Remains well placed to offer practitioners and policy makers advice and information on alcohol-related harm
Other
Evaluation details (tools and methods used, internal or external evaluators...)
SHAAPs work and effectiveness is evaluated and monitored by the organisations funder (Scottish Government).
Both members of staff have their work evaluated by the Royal College of Physicians (where SHAAP are based).
We also gather informal feedback from event participants.
Other comments related to monitoring the commitment (This section is to be used to add any other information which can be useful in terms of understanding issues relating to the monitoring of your commitment, such as, any major obstacles that have been encountered, sources of data used, etc. If the basic details of the commitment have been changed, this field is to be used to explain why and how they were changed.)
Dissemination (How were the results of the commitment disseminated?)
SHAAP produces regular reports for the Royal Colleges via the Scottish Academy.
Members of the Executive Committee disseminate our work informally, cascading information to relevant Royal Medical Colleges
Via social media and regular research and policy briefings
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