Drug and alcohol recovery payment by results (PbR) pilots: national service providers summit

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DrugScope (Organization); Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain)
Date of publication
1 July 2013
Substance Misuse
Social welfare
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In April 2012 the government launched eight payment by results (PbR) pilots for drug treatment services and in May 2013 published early performance data from these pilots. The initial picture is mixed, with improvements in abstinence from illicit drug use offset by a reduction in successful completions.On 21 May 2013, DrugScope and the RSA facilitated a national service providers summit to bring together provider representatives from the eight pilot areas to discuss their experiences over the first 12 months and to share good practice. This briefing captures the key messages from the summit. These include transition costs, the fact that PbR is being implemented at a time of policy and system change for drug and alcohol services, and workforce suspicion of PbR generally. A number of providers did note that PbR supported a recovery approach by providing an initial catalyst and continued focus for system change.

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