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BREAKING FREE GROUP FORMS LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH INCLUSION AND MIDLANDS PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

October 2018

Breaking Free Group has entered a long-term national partnership with Inclusion, the specialist substance misuse treatment division of the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT).

Inclusion was established in 2002 as part of the Specialist Services Group of MPFT. As part of the Specialist Services Division, Inclusion develops new and flexible services across England where it is felt Inclusion have the expertise to provide a quality service.

Inclusion provide treatment services for drug and alcohol use in the community, residential and prison-based settings, treatment for individuals experiencing low-level mental health problems referred through their GP in IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and Forensic Mental Health Services within prisons across England. Inclusion services are delivered by a range of NHS clinical and psychosocial care specialists.

Danny Hames, Head of Inclusion and Chair of the NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance (NHSSMPA), commented: “As part of the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, a provider of physical and mental healthcare services, Inclusion understands the importance of offering a range of interventions through its community drug and alcohol services and HMP Birmingham that reflect the different needs and situations our service users face. As a longstanding partner of Breaking Free Online, we now see entering into a national agreement as a vital step in establishing unlimited access to online therapies as an important tool in breaking down barriers to services and adding further evidence- based interventions to the existing range of services available to those who use our services.”

Glyn Davies, Service Development Director at Breaking Free, commented: “We are extremely pleased to be working with one of the leading statutory providers for substance misuse provision across England and indeed the UK. The opportunity to contribute to Inclusion’s innovative approach to service delivery is exciting and shows their commitment to surmounting barriers for people accessing treatment and recovery. Whether these are feelings of shame and stigma or practical challenges such as distance to services or rurality, childcare commitments, or whatever factors hinder engagement, Breaking Free can only help to overcome them. We are also proud to be working with Inclusion to help bring innovation to their treatment offering at HMP Birmingham, where prisoners will for the first time be able to benefit from accessing evidence-based digital interventions and the clinical impact this brings.”

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BREAKING FREE GROUP’S DIGITAL PROGRAMME FOR SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE RECEIVES NICE ENDORSEMENT

September 2018

Breaking Free Group’s clinically-effective digital programme for alcohol and drug dependence, Breaking Free from Substance Use, has been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

NICE has granted this endorsement because the content of Breaking Free from Substance Use supports implementation of the recommendations in its public health guidelines on individual approaches to behaviour change (PH49) and general approaches to behaviour change (PH6).

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BREAKING FREE GROUP PRESENTS AT LEADING INTERNATIONAL CORRECTIONS CONFERENCE

May 2018

Breaking Free Group was invited by the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) to present at their 2nd Correctional Research Symposium, held in Prague. 

Dr Sarah Elison-Davies, Research Director at Breaking Free Group, presented clinical outcomes from the evaluation of our Breaking Free from Substance Use (Justice) programme in UK prisons. Her presentation also explained the approach taken to evaluating these outcomes, which was informed by the UK Medical Research Council’s framework for developing and evaluating complex interventions.

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BREAKING FREE GROUP APPOINTED A VENDOR OF RECORD BY ONTARIO TELEMEDICINE NETWORK

March 2018

Breaking Free Group has been appointed a Vendor of Record by Ontario Telemedicine Network for the provision of digital solutions for addictions for an initial period of five years.

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, OTN is a not-for-profit organisation whose role is to bring virtual care innovation into the healthcare system of Ontario. It has become a global leader in telemedicine and connected care.

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