ADAM Newsletter-September 2016

Autumn Newsletter  

ADAM Trial Pilot

With the change in season marks the beginning of the end of the pilot phase of the ADAM trial. Recruitment has offcially begun across the five study sites, with all sites successfully recruiting their first participant. Thank you to all the clinical teams for their referrals and ongoing support.

Recruitment update

We are pleased to report we currently have thirty-one participants recruited across all five sites and have begun to complete the first two-month follow-ups.

Our Birmingham site is steaming ahead with eleven participants successfully recruited. Researchers from all sites have been working hard with clinical teams to identify suitable participants. We will continue to work to reach our target of eleven participants per site per month.

The recruitment push will continue as we look to complete the pilot phase this autumn. Thank you for all the referrals so far and to all participants who have signed up!

A warm welcome to Maria-Leoni Koutsou!

She is the new research assistant based in Birmingham.

 

Delivering relapse prevention medication training to primary care

Following the identification of training needs in primary care services by Central North West London (CNWL) alcohol services, the research team  organised a training session, ‘Alcohol Dependence and Relapse Prevention Medication in Primary Care’ to provide an opportunity to build links between primary and secondary care services.

This training and networking event had over thirty GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists, consultant psychiatrists and recovery workers from across the eight boroughs in CNWL come together. The training session was delivered by Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes from Imperial College London. She shared her breadth of clinical experience and academic knowledge with the room. The session raised awareness of alcohol related harm and developed skills and knowledge to manage alcohol related problems in primary care.

The ADAM team are committed to building links between primary and secondary care to improve patient care and treatment pathways. The feedback from the event has been overwhelming positive. Special thanks to Ealing CCG and Alcohol Research UK for their support in organizing this event.

cnwl-training-event

 

Who is your local research assistant?

Maria-Leoni Koutsou, Birmingham Research Assistant, Maria-Leoni.Koutsou@bsmhft.nhs.uk

Kate Shirvell, Southampton Research Assistant, K.Shirvell@soton.ac.uk

Rachel Simpson, Yorkshire and Humber Research Assistant, Rachel.simpson9@nhs.net

Kideshini Widyaratna, South London and Maudsley and Central North West London Researcher, Kideshini.widyaratna@kcl.ac.uk

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ADAM Newsletter- March 2016

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Introduction to Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Contact Centre Pharmacists  

The ADAM team would like to introduce the telephone support pharmacists who will deliver the advice, information and support to patients in the intervention groups. Pictured below, the team, based in the clinical contact centre (CCC) consists of Sukhvinder Sandhu, CCC Manager, Ikhlaq Hussain and Radu Juverdeanu; CCC Pharmacists.

Sukhvinder: “I joined the team in January and work closely with KCL to support the clinical trial; I believe this a valuable opportunity to highlight how community pharmacists can make a significant contribution to clinical trials. I am enthusiastic to utilise this platform to make an active impact to the ADAM study.”

Radu: “I started working with the CCC in November 2015 as a healthcare professional. The ADAM study is an excellent chance to observe the impact of community pharmacists on adherence and medicine optimisation. I’m excited and proud to be part of this extraordinary project.”

Ikhlaq: “The words excited and privileged only begin to describe how I feel about this unique opportunity!! For me, healthcare research is of paramount importance to help influence change, prove or improve healthcare practices; in turn contributing to patient’s quality of life and stimulating socioeconomic development.” 

CCC team

 

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Community Pharmacy Training Update

Our researchers have been busy visiting all forty-seven community pharmacies across the UK. For many of the pharmacies this is the first time they are taking part in research. We are pleased with the enthusiasm and dedication shown by the pharmacy teams. In the Yorkshire & Humber site our researcher Rachel has been travelling far and wide to deliver the training across the patch. Pictured below is a successful event she hosted for Grimsby and Immingham pharmacies.

All London, Birmingham, Southampton and Yorkshire & Humber visits are now complete.

 

Trial Update

We are excited to be working with over twenty-five alcohol services across the five sites. We expect to start recruiting in April 2016!

 

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

Congratulations to all our community pharmacy teams that have completed the training! We are pleased to have you all on the ADAM team!

LPs training completed

 

 

 

 

ADAM Newsletter- December 2015

Trial Launch

The trial will go live in January 2016!

 

ADAM study

Adam team

The ADAM study is a national trial exploring how service users could be supported to take the medication acamprosate by pharmacists. There is good evidence for the effectiveness of acamprosate for preventing relapse to dependent drinking. Despite this, adherence to this medication is low and therefore the positive benefit that could be gained from taking it is not reached in all patients. The unique aspect of this study is that it will involve pharmacists who will be trained to support patients to take acamprosate as prescribed. This study is led by Professor Colin Drummond, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience; King’s College London, is funded by The National Institute for Health Research and is listed as a National Portfolio study.

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Telephone Support Pharmacist’s Training Complete

 

Christmas Update

 

In November we delivered the two-day training for the telephone support pharmacists on the medication management (MM) intervention and contingency management (CM). MM is a brief discussion that involves receiving information, advice and support about alcohol and acamprosate over the phone. CM is a voucher incentive the participants receive for engaging in the telephone intervention.

Over the two days the pharmacists role-played different scenarios with actors and practiced advanced communication and interpersonal skills. The training also encouraged reflective practice and an empathetic approach to delivering the intervention.  The pharmacists have been trained to support the patients in developing strategies to manage their medication, including understanding how acamprosate works, adhering to the dosage, managing side-effects and education about their medication and alcohol dependence.
Although intensive the feedback from the training has been extremely positive. The ADAM team will continue to support and advise the telephone support pharmacists through the project.

Sites Update

The research team has been busy visiting the community pharmacies that are taking part across London and Birmingham this term. All London community pharmacy visits are complete! The visits have been very positive with many pharmacists expressing an interest in alcohol dependency research. Visits for Hull and Southampton will start in the New Year.

We are pleased to welcome our telephone support pharmacists Ikhlaq Hussain and Radu Juverdeanu to the ADAM team!