Celebrating Successful Partnerships

The LEAP (Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) team have scooped a Partnership in Practice Award at NHS Lothian’s annual staff awards in recognition of their work with Access to Industry Transition Project.

NHS Lothian’s Celebrating Success Awards mark outstanding efforts and achievements of volunteers, individual staff members and teams across the health board’s services.

LEAP, the first abstinence programme of its kind in Scotland, was launched in September 2007 for people dependent on substances who want to achieve a drug and alcohol-free recovery.

The three-month, community-based, intensive day programme has strong patient focused partnership elements, such as supported accommodation provided by the City of Edinburgh Council and education and training programmes delivered by Access to Industry .

Dr David McCartney, Clinical Lead, LEAP said:

“True partnership working involves commitment, energy and determination. The LEAP team and our partners, Transition (Access to Industry); housing staff at Randolph Crescent and the Serenity Cafe have these qualities in abundance.
“We're delighted at winning this award and while it recognises a successful partnership, it also represents the amazing work our patients do in making their journey on the road to recovery.”

Suitable accommodation can facilitate rehabilitation through enabling patients to focus on their own recovery.

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 as part of the aftercare support. The majority of graduates have signed up for Transition, an Access to Industry project, and attend five days a week, typically going on to achieve multiple qualifications as well as work experience. Many are now in employment, further education or university.

The winners were named at an awards ceremony hosted by TV and Radio presenter Grant Stott in Edinburgh last month and attended by 30 finalists from across 10 separate categories.

The finalists were short-listed from over 200 entrants who were nominated by colleagues to receive an award.