Patients take giant leap to recovery

Patients at LEAP (Lothians and Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) have taken a giant step on the road to recovery as they celebrate gaining Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) certificates at a ceremony at Moray House today (Monday 28 July).

A total of eleven former LEAP patients will receive fourteen SQA certificates between them, presented by Fergus Ewing, MSP, Minister for Community Safety at the Access to Industry - Passport and Transition certificate ceremony. The qualifications have been gained either during the twelve-week rehabilitation programme or while attending Transition, LEAP’s vocational training partner, following graduation from the programme.

David McCartney, Clinical Lead, LEAP, said:

“We are absolutely delighted and humbled by the success of our patients. Going through the LEAP programme takes motivation, dedication and a great deal of hard work. It is very rewarding to see that our patients have not only successfully completed the programme but have gone on to obtain qualifications that can open up a world of opportunities which they have only ever dreamed of. Their success is down to them and I give them all my heartfelt congratulations and I look forward to seeing them continue to improve the quality of their lives as they move on to the next stage in their recovery journey.”

Sian Fiddimore, Acting Director of Access to Industry said:


“This is further testimony to the successful partnership between LEAP and Transition and the results of the patients echo the commitment and dedication of the stakeholders to prove that change is possible when services work strategically together. I extend my congratulations to all the students of Transition and Passport for their hard work and achievement.”
Adam Howden and Clare Curran, the first patients to jointly graduate from LEAP have achieved a total of five certificates each.


Adam Howden, said:
“Attending Transition has broadened my horizons, giving me more options in which direction to go in the future. It was very helpful, especially in the early days of recovery, reintegrating me into society and giving me a reason to get out of bed in the morning.”


Clare Curran, said:
“Attending Transition has helped me consider options for my future career. My current plans are to become an Art Therapist. I have plans to go to college January 2009 to complete an Art & Design Course and attending Transition will help me with the academic part of the course Course. I am also planning to return to Transition in September.
LEAP, the first of its kind in Scotland, is an innovative partnership programme between NHS Lothian and the drug and alcohol action teams in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The programme has been up and running since September last year for people dependent on substances who want to get clean and stay clean.
Patients follow an intensive three-month community-based programme which includes group work, one-to-one counselling and family therapy. Training and education courses help equip patients with skills and qualifications to allow them to move on with their lives once they finish the programme.
Supported accommodation for patients whilst they are attending LEAP is provided by the City of Edinburgh Council in the city centre.
LEAP is funded by the Scottish Executive. The Robertson Trust has also provided additional funding.