Substance misuse resources

GPs have many different roles and responsibilities in caring for drug users. Our toolkit and guidance documents are aimed at helping primary care practitioners provide effective treatment.

Substance misuse toolkit for GPs and primary care organisations

This toolkit is based on evidence of best practice in continuing professional development, training and supervision in the addiction field and is supported by the consensus opinion of the RCGP National Expert Advisory Group.

It describes the criteria, standards and evidence required at each level of practice:

  • the harm reduction, public health interventions and signposting expected of a competent generalist
  • the competencies of a shared care GP
  • the skills expected of a GP with a Special Interest in substance misuse (GPwSI)
  • Substance misuse toolkit [PDF]

More about GP with a Special Interest (GPwSI) accreditation

General practitioner with Special Interest (GPwSI) accreditation for substance misuse and other clinical areas.

Substance misuse guidance

Our guidance documents provide information on key areas of substance misuse management within primary care.

Drug misuse treatment in England: evidence review of outcomes

A review of evidence on what outcomes can be expected of the drug treatment and recovery system in England from Public Health England.

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