As we know Public Health England have been called in to look into goings on at drug and alcohol support service Change,Grow, Live (CGL) after worrying death statistics and allegations of concerning work practices were published on Wirral Leaks.
CGL are funded to the tune of £7.7 million per annum from public health monies which are now frighteningly administered by Wirral Council. So we were a little surprised that Wirral Council had eventually called in Public Health England , as it seemed they were adopting the same approach as they did with Children’s Services highlighted in the recent Ofsted report. Another case of officers and councillors knowing there were serious issues but going into denial and doing nothing to address concerns.
However we soon began to have doubts as to whether Public Health England were the right body to undertake this investigation. These doubts have intensified after further investigation by ourselves and information provided by sources who share our concerns.
First of all let us introduce you to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) https://www.ndtms.net/default.aspx
Providers such as CGL uses and uploads all their data on to the NDTMS. It has been suggested to us that if CGL stopped using it it would threaten the very existence of the drug and alcohol unit at Public Health England.Their only source of intelligence comes via NDTMS, without it they couldn’t function and they rely on the good will of providers to send them the information. CGL have developed their own version of NDTMS via notepads and mobile devices so keyworkers can work out in the community and input data and then input this data again for NDTMS.