training & events

training & events

Free Re-Solv Volatile Substance AbuseTraining

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Following on from the success of the Re-Solv training offered last year, Orkney ADP are once again offering a free training session relating to Volatile Substance Abuse.

The training aims to:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of the current issues that VSA presents to substance misuse and support services.
  • To increase competence and confidence in recognising, assessing and effectively treating this often hidden form of misuse. To helo develop understanding about the dangers of VSA and sudden death.
  • Help Identify substances that may be misused and common methods of abuse.
  • Discuss prevalence and reasons for use including short term effects.
  • Recognise possible indications of misuse, distinguishing between occasional and chronic use.
  • Discuss mortality statistics and the associated dangers of use.

This training is completely free of charge and will be facilitated by Irene Scullion, Re-Solv's Training & Prevention Lead in Scotland. 

The training will take place on Thursday 14th May 2020 at the Brodgar room, Clinical Skills Building, The Balfour, between 9.30 and 16.30.

Spaces are limited to 20 particpants so booking early is advised.

To book a spot on this training please contact Orkney ADP's Substance Misuse Development Officer, Matthew Thomas, via email - 

Sex, Drugs & Vulnerable Young People Training Course

Following on from last year's successful delivery of the course on Sex, Drugs & Vulnerable Young People, to staff in NHS Orkney & OIC Social Services, at the end of last year, we have re-commissioned Scottish Drugs Forum to come back to Orkney and to deliver this brilliant training for staff in wider settings!

There are 15 spaces available and this was an oversubscribed course last year so it is highly recommended that you book early. 

The course will run on the 18th & 19th of March 2020 and is being held at the Nurture Room in the OIC offices at School Place from 10.00 to 16.00

This is a two day course, delivered by SDF’s Adrienne Hannah -  - and covers the following:

• Identify vulnerabilities regarding drug use and sexual health

• Recall what the law says with regards to sexual and reproductive health

• Describe the impact of drug use on sexual and reproductive health

• Understand the challenges faced by young people around sexual orientation and gender identity

• Build confidence in talking to young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships

To sign up for this course your staff will need to register for the SDF training website, then book on to the course here: 

If you have any queries please feel free to get in touch either with SDF or Orkney ADP's Substance Misuse Development Officer, Matthew Thomas - 

ADP Alcohol Brief Intervention Training

Alcohol Brief Intervention Training

Alcohol Brief Interventions are a short, evidence-based, structured conversation about alcohol consumption with a patient/client that seeks in a non-confrontational way to motivate and support the individual to think about and/or plan a change in their drinking behaviour in order to reduce their consumption and/or their risk of harm.

The long term aim of the ABI programme has always been to sustain and embed ABI delivery so that it becomes part of the standard offer of NHS Scotland, as well as developing the evidence base. The delivery and embedding of ABIs remains a priority for 2019-20 as per action 17 in the new Alcohol Prevention Framework (2018).

ABIs should be seen as a part of the day-to-day best practice of health professionals and others, not an add-on to their role.

ABIs are an effective and cost effective intervention . Delivery should be evidence informed through the use of screening tools and based on NICE Public Health Guidance and reviews such as those through Cochrane

Orkney ADP is happy to provide training on Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABI's) to any person or organisation working in a client facing role who feels their client could benefit from intervention relating to problematic alcohol use.

OADP can come to your place of work to deliver training or can host training at The Balfour Clinical Skills Building and training can be delivered to any amount of people or to individuals. 

If you are interested in accessing this free training then please get in touch with OADP's Substance Misuse Development Officer, Matthew Thomas on 

Orkney Alcohol and Drugs Partnership