The Nottingham University Hospitals Alcohol Care Team (ACT) is a hospital liaison team in collaboration with Framework, formed of NUH staff and in-reach staff from Framework. The ACT focus on providing care input for clients with drug and alcohol use in the hospital setting, where they deliver specialist expertise and interventions for alcohol dependent patients and those presenting acute intoxication or withdrawal, and other alcohol and drug related complications. Collaborative working with Framework ensures continuity of substance management and transfer of care from the hospital back into the community. This can be supported via Edwin House F21 Pathway, where ACT fund four beds in the community for continuation of detox, where patients who meet the criteria receive a 28 day stay for support and management of their substance use. Not only are the ACT dedicated to providing quality care input for patients, they also pride themselves on offering education, advice and training to their colleagues across the trust on substance use in order to support in building staff knowledge and confidence.
The ACT service currently operates from 8am-4pm Monday-Saturday, where they receive referrals via Nervecentre from inpatient settings, including all wards at both the QMC and City campuses, and the emergency department. The ACT also receives referrals for their two alcohol liaison outpatient clinics based at the QMC treatment centre and City site, for patients who do not wish to access community substance use services but need support in an outpatient setting. The ACT provide a printable leaflet on their intranet page for staff across the trust to give to patients for brief advice and signposting to services should they be in an outpatient setting or discharged out of ACT service hours.