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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Sutton Council: Setting up a dedicated recovery hub

A stand-alone Recovery Hub has been established as part of Sutton’s substance misuse service. It is situated away from the main treatment clinic giving clients a sense of progress and achievement when they get there, while providing them with the on-going support they need to stay alcohol-free.

Gateshead Council: Working in hospitals

Staff from Gateshead’s substance misuse service have a presence at the borough’s main hospital four days a week. This gives them a chance to identify and engage patients who have alcohol-related problems.

Lancashire County Council: Reaching out to young people early

New ways of engaging young people are being explored in Lancashire thanks to a government-funded project. Non-alcohol specialist staff are getting extra training and early intervention work is taking place with teenagers and families.

Leeds City Council: How integration helps innovation

Leeds has integrated its substance misuse services – and this is helping boost innovation. Support is being moved into GP centres, there is an enhanced family service and a new team to work with those with earlystage alcohol problems.

Oxfordshire County Council: Segmenting clients to make services more appealing

Oxfordshire’s substance misuse has seen an improvement in performance for clients with alcohol problems after re-organising the way clinics are delivered. The service introduced segmentation – grouping together clinics with similar clients.

Kent County Council: The benefits of co-designing change

Alcohol services have been changed in east Kent thanks to a co-design process involving staff, service users, local people and stakeholders. It has led to more consistency in services, boosted innovation and improved performance.

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: Targeting the most problematic drinkers

Sandwell MBC has partnered with Alcohol Change UK to run a project aimed at the most change-resistant drinkers. It targets those who are alcohol dependent, a burden on public service and not engaging with treatment, by surrounding them with support.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council: Creating a 'super' partnership of multiple providers

Six core service partners are working together in Solihull to deliver treatment and support to people with alcohol problems. The Solihull Integrated Substance Misuse Service (SIAS) is led by the local mental health foundation trust in partnership with a range of voluntary sector providers and the council’s social care team.

Space for Regeneration| Railway Redevelopment & City Centre Transformation for Housing in Plymouth

Region: South West Theme: Regeneration, Housing (in OPE), Land Release Fund (LRF)

Adult Social Care Provision | Dorset Building Better Lives Programme

Region: South West Theme: Health and social care (in OPE), regeneration