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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