Evaluation of the Achieve Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service

The Achieve Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service covers Bolton, Salford, Trafford, and more recently, Bury. The lead partner is Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, with the partnership formed in January 2018. A total of over £40M of funding is to be used over five years to offer appropriate support and advice to a population of approximately 760,000 people[1]. Other organisations in the partnership include The Big Life Group, Early Break, Intuitive Thinking Skills, Great Places, THOMAS, Salford CVS and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

The partnership aims to provide a dedicated service for anyone in the four localities experiencing problems with drugs and/or alcohol into recovery. They accept self-referrals and referrals from GPs or other healthcare professionals.

In late 2021 the partnership commissioned SQW to undertake an independent evaluation. The study will run until spring 2022, and will explore how the partnership is functioning and the outcomes being achieved. The evaluation will involve interviews and group/paired discussions, as well as systematic review of partnership documentation and outcomes/monitoring data.

For further details about the evaluation please contact Lauren Roberts at SQW, via lroberts@sqw.co.uk, or Simon Kweeday simon.kweeday@thebiglifegroup.com

[1] This figure does not include Bury and only reflects the original partnership in Trafford, Salford and Bolton.​​​​​