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New elearning programme for drug treatment and recovery professionals

Rachel Gowland, 22 July 2021
Best practice in Optimising Opioid Substitution Treatment (BOOST)

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in partnership with Public Health England (PHE), Collective Voice and NHS Addictions Provider Alliance has developed the Best practice in Optimising Opioid Substitution Treatment (BOOST) elearning programme.

The BOOST elearning programme aims to provide workers with the information they need to deliver good quality opioid substitution treatment (OST) to service users. The programme is recommended by Public Health England (PHE) as mandatory training for all drug treatment and recovery workers, whether working in the NHS, voluntary or private sectors.

It is also recommended that team leaders, managers and other professionals working in drug treatment and recovery services complete the programme, so they can support learning and service improvements.

About the elearning

This elearning programme will help you have more effective conversations about OST with service users and your multidisciplinary team, including prescribers. To help you use what you have learned in practice, there are short films featuring conversations between service users who are on OST and their drug treatment and recovery workers. These videos have been developed to demonstrate typical clinical scenarios.

The BOOST elearning programme includes 6 sessions.

1 An introduction to opioid substitution treatment (OST).

2 How do I support service users to start OST?

3 Optimising OST including continued use on top.

4 How do I support someone to get the most out of OST?

5 How do I support service users to reduce and stop OST?

Each session will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and includes further learning activities, links to further reading and resources and a self-assessment.

A certificate can be downloaded after completion of all 6 sessions. To download the certificate, learners must pass the final self-assessment.

Accessing the elearning

For more information, visit the Best practice in Optimising Opioid Substitution Treatment (BOOST) programme page.

The elearning is also available via AICC and ESR.

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