First Contact Clinical is a Social Enterprise based in the North East. We are experts in Deprivation Medicine. Our focus is on health problems that are more commonly found in disadvantaged areas and communities. We create opportunities for positive behaviour change that reduces the impact of deprivation. We use a range of skills and tools:
Education and training;
Research and development (including peer-based research);
Service delivery, development and redesign;
By positively changing behaviour, we can improve wellbeing and reduce health inequalities, which will result in a reduction in the use of health and social services.
The Carers’ Drug and Alcohol Network
The Carers’ Drug and Alcohol Network (CDAN) is an exciting initiative involving ten active member organisations.
CAST, Crossroads Care Gateshead, Gateshead Carers, FUSHIA, Mental Health Carers Support Service, NECA, NERAF, SAPS, Streetlevel and Sunderland Carers Centre.
Since January 2011 and funded by NHS SOTW we have been working to provide more services, for more carers of drug and alcohol users in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. First Contact Clinical is the Lead Organisation for the Network and in partnership with carers and the organisations in the network created this vision below.
To challenge the stigma of substance misuse and provide more services, for more carers, in more places than ever before by:
working together and in partnership with other health and social care agencies
influencing local & national groups and policy makers
shaping and improving services
providing comprehensive training to carers and professionals.
The network is developing strong working partnerships between members of the network and other organisations providing support to carers and people using treatment services in SOTW.