IBA Network Newsletter: news and updates for London practitioners

IBA Network update

The IBA Network is currently developing print materials and resources to support front line roles with IBA. These will be available to order shortly.

If you have any views or suggestions on what else you would like to see from the Network, such as events or other activities, please let us know.

The Network has over 100 members from a range of settings across London but are we are still open to front line roles - please encourage any to join!
Safe Sociable London Partnership

New London role to support early intervention

 Many of those working around substance misuse in London over the years will have come across David MacKintosh, perhaps through his work for the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum or more recently the Greater London Authority.  Since April of this year he has been working for the Safe Sociable London Partnership (while retaining a role with the GLA) focussing on prevention and early intervention.  A central part of this work is about improving the support and delivery of IBA for those working at borough levels and in a variety of settings. 
In terms of promoting and supporting IBA you will also wish to be aware that what was formerly known as the Strategic Leadership Group (SLG) has been rebadged as the London Alcohol Misuse Prevention (LAMP) Advisory Group.  The LAMP will provide expertise and support in delivering high quality IBA and reducing alcohol related health harms.  It will shortly have its own web presence within the SSLP website and will be promoting what it offers to those working in London.

Access the previous SSLP updates here

IBA Practitioners’ Network Newsletter

Issue 6 • June 2014

This is a newsletter for the London IBA Practitioners’ Network. The Network aims to promote and support the delivery of alcohol IBA in London by front-line practitioner roles.
Want to join the network or get in touch?
London roles can apply to join the free Network – please email for more information
The IBA blog
The Alcohol IBA blog ( aims to share news, ideas and links for alcohol brief interventions. Want to contribute? Let us know!

The alcohol calorie catastrophe
A single drinking occasion can lead to a multiple calorie catastrophe that can really undermine attempts at weight loss or healthy lifestyles. So... Read more here...

Aim for an extra ‘alcohol free day’?
Adding an extra alcohol free day often works best for those who have got into a ‘regular’ drinking pattern..  .Read more here...

Making Every Contact Count for alcohol… not always IBA
In this guest post, Deryn Bishop, Health Behaviour Specialist, explores why the Making Every Contact Count is important, and doesn’t always mean doing IBA... Read more here...


Should Drinkaware support IBA?
Drinkaware, the industry funded education charity have recently showcased some projects focused on behaviour change. However ‘where does IBA fit in?’... Read more here...
Whats in your glass kit
Other key IBA blog posts include:
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IBA Training App launched

An IBA training app was recently released on the apple store, Google play and also on the amazon app store.

The app is intended to support front line roles to understand and apply key IBA skills. It includes core information, an interactive AUDIT and a focus on visual IBA scenarios showing common responses and how to respond

#UKalcohol Twitter chat

A recent Twitter chat on alcohol-related hospital admissions took place using #UKalcohol.

A further series of #UKalcohol Twitter discussions are being planned, including on the theme of IBA, planned to take place on 13th August at 8pm.

South London HIN alcohol launch event presentations

Presentations from Professor Ian Gilmore and others are available following the recent launch of the South London Alcohol Health Innovation Network (HIN) on 9th May.

Founded by NHS England, the HIN is the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for South London aiming to deliver service improvement and sustainable change across key health areas including alcohol.

IBA case studies wanted!

We are seeking short 'real life' IBA experiences to help practitioners understand IBA delivery through real world examples.

We are after examples described in just a few sentences or so - if you have any please get in touch!
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