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Magazine Archive 2009

1st June issue

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What’s up doc? Being an ‘agent of change’ is not the easiest job. The SMMGP conference – the event for Substance Misuse Management in General Practice...

16th November issue

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Off the scale The Prof Nutt row is obscuring the real issues. The row over sacking Professor David Nutt has become intensely personal, to the point...

18th May issue

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When credit’s due Small steps could help cash in on long-term results ‘Because of small and avoidable money problems, people’s treatment either stalled or stopped.’ This statement...

November 2009

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Closing the gaps Services must link to provide a stronger net. ‘We asked for help and ended up blamed.’ Sue Foreman’s story gives harrowing insight into...

4th May issue

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Life and death Harm reduction at international level goes beyond choice One slightly built young woman trembled on the platform at the International Harm Reduction Conference. She...

19th October issue

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Unhealed wounds When to call for more than a sticking plaster. The statistics relating to frequency of sexual abuse are horrifying in their own right. But...

6th April issue

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Back to our roots Why sustaining growth is a personal business. With all this talk of recession threatening to get us down, it’s time to focus...

5th October issue

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Beyond the squeeze Don’t let recession kill the drive to innovate. Innovating in times of uncertainty can be a pretty tall order, particularly if management is...

23rd March issue

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Voicing choices One day in Birmingham – and we were all ears. There’s a lot in this issue and it’s been hard work to put together...

21st September issue

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Trial by public The importance of not playing to the gallery At this year’s DDN/Alliance service user involvement conference back in January, one of our speakers reported...

9th March issue

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Culture of ideas Inspiration or madness? Variety is the spice of life! Looking at our letters page this issue reminds me why I enjoy working on...

7th September issue

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A bar too far? Employers could think twice about hiring ex-users Welcome to our first issue after the summer break – it’s good to be back!...

23rd February issue

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New ideas for old Try something new... but remember what already works. Hunting through the woods blindfolded while pretending to be a wolf sounded pretty daft...

9th February issue

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Voicing choices Our second service user gathering was even livelier! If you came to Birmingham for our Voices for Choices conference last week, thank you for...

13th July issue

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Goal of recovery Kicking the habit with sheer enthusiasm. What does ‘recovery’ mean to you? Come on, you must have an opinion – it’s been the...

26th January issue

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On the lookout Can we always see the obvious routes to improvement? A story in the papers this week reported that surgeons would be required to...

29th June issue

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One way, or another Let’s make sure we spend on treatment that works. Of course it makes sense to spend money on what works, and this...

12th January issue

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See you in Brum! (If we can tear ourselves away from the new website) A happy new year to you, and this month brings us to...

15th June issue

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Keep listening Why the minister must stay in touch with his troops. If the enthusiasm and commitment of those involved were a guarantee of success, then...