This briefing looks at the quality and safety of clinics offering residential services for people withdrawing from drugs or alcohol | Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The Care Quality Commission has published Substance misuse services: the quality and safety of residential detoxification. This briefing examines the quality and safety of clinics offering residential services for people withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. It outlines concerns identified during CQC inspections and gives an example of good practice, as well as actions and recommendations.
The briefing reported a number of concerns. Many of the clinics were not:
- assessing the risks to the safety of people prior to their admission following recognised national clinical guidance on treating people who are withdrawing from alcohol or drugs
- storing, dispensing and handling medicines
- appropriately carrying out full employment checks or sufficiently training their staff
The CQC also found that nearly three in four providers failed in at least one of the fundamental standards of care that everyone has the right to expect, whilst almost two-thirds of providers were not meeting the requirement for providing safe care and treatment.