Best practice in Optimising Opioid Substitution Treatment (BOOST) - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Public Health England
  • NHS addictions provider alliance
  • Collective Voices

About the Best practice in Optimising Opioid Substitution Treatment (BOOST) elearning programme

The BOOST elearning programme aims to provide drug treatment and recovery professionals with the information they need to deliver good quality opioid substitution treatment (OST) to service users.

This elearning 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.

Drug treatment and recovery workers supported by their multidisciplinary teams play a crucial role in supporting service users to make informed choices and reach their treatment and recovery goals. This elearning programme will help you have more effective conversations about OST with service users and your wider team, including prescribers.

Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management (also known as the ‘orange book’) outlines national guidance on best practice in drug treatment including OST. This programme is designed to support you to provide the best possible treatment for and with your OST service users in line with this clinical guidance.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, PHE have issued additional guidance to support services to provide OST.

To help you use what you have learned in practice, the elearning programme includes short videos 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.

About the elearning sessions

The elearning programme includes 6 sessions.

  1. 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. Optimising OST, including switching medication.
  6. How do I support service users to reduce and stop OST?

Each session takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Sessions include further learning activities, links to further resources and a self-assessment.

Some of the sessions include short videos. These videos follow 2 characters who are on OST, Moira and Bill, and demonstrate key conversations between them and their drug treatment and recovery workers.

A brief guide to OST for drug treatment workers have also been developed.

A certificate is available for completion of all 6 sessions in the elearning programme. To obtain the certificate, learners will need to pass the final self-assessment.

 

More information

  • This BOOST programme was developed by Public Health England (PHE) and members of its OST good practice programme working group, which has representatives from the organisations listed below.
  • The programme was set up to improve the quality of OST delivery in England. The programme’s outputs focus on implementing existing clinical guidance through practical and user-friendly tools and resources.
  • The elearning programme, developed with Health Education England eLearning for Healthcare (HEE elfh) is part of a collection of resources developed by the OST good practice programme.

Meet the team

The organisations represented in PHE’s OST good practice working group are:

  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Build on Belief
  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Change Grow Live
  • Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dorset County Council
  • EDP Drug and Alcohol Services
  • Essex County Council
  • Foundations
  • Inclusion Recovery Hampshire and Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Lambeth Service User Involvement Council
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Turning Point
  • We Are With You (formerly Addaction)

Acknowledgements:

We would also like to acknowledge the following who helped develop specific sections of the elearning programme:

  • Raman Nijhawan, Build on Belief and Change Grow Live
  • Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust
  • Lambeth Service User Council
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Turning Point

elfh Project Team

  • Emma Nye

    Emma Nye

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Moz Cammack

    Moz Cammack

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • elfh-staff-Angelina-Montinaro-learning-profile

    Angelina Montinaro

    Instructional Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Jo Bloom

    Jo Bloom

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Simon Perkins

    Simon Perkins

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Catherine Moran

    Catherine Moran

    Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Rashmi Chavda

    Rashmi Chavda

    Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Rachel Gowland

    Rachel Gowland

    Communications and Stakeholder Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare, Technology Enhanced Learning

How to access

Available to all

The Best Practice in Optimising Opioid Substitution Treatment (BOOST) elearning programme is freely available to access here.
Please note your progress and completion of sessions will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion. If you require evidence of learning, please register and then log in to access this programme on the elfh Hub.

If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the Best Practice in Optimising Opioid Substitution Treatment (BOOST) elearning programme by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My elearning section.

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Disclaimer

This elearning programme has been developed to assist and support drug treatment and recovery workers in developing good practice. This programme does not override or replace national and clinical guidelines in any circumstances. Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management (also known as the ‘orange book’) remains the authoritative national guidance on drug treatment .

 

 

 

 

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