Public Health England has responsibility for monitoring the performance of the drug treatment system in England against local and national targets. To this end various performance management reports and statistical releases are produced using data collected through the NDTMS. Publication dates can be found at the back of the compliance statement.
The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) collects, collates and analyses information from and for those involved in the drug treatment sector. The NDTMS is a development of the Regional Drug Misuse Databases (RDMDs), which have been in place since the late 1980s.
DAMS (Drug and Alcohol Monitoring System) Update
The new version of DAMS (Phase III) provides a number of improvements to the process of validating and submitting data, and more information is available in the January 2011 DAMS Update here.
The new version has now been released and a guide to the new functionality is available here. Full user guides for agency and regional users are also available below.
NDTMS Core Data Set
All drug treatment agencies must provide a basic level of information to the NDTMS on their activities each month – known as the Core Data Set. Technical guidance for managers of treatment services is available here on what core data must be provided, plus guidance for IT managers on how to develop systems to manage this process. From November 2012 changes to core data set items collected through the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System will come into effect. Read more here. More information on the core data set is available here.
Consultation on amendments to the data set collected on alcohol and drug treatment by the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS)
PHE is undertaking a public consultation on proposed changes to the NDTMS data set. The changes being considered include questions around parental status, take home Naloxone, supervised consumption, domestic violence, severity of alcohol dependence, and employment. In addition, the introduction of the Treatment Outcomes Profile and Young People’s Outcome Record for secure setting establishments are also being considered. The data set change will be for implementation from 1st April 2017. The survey can be found at www.NDTMS.net or at http://www.nta.nhs.uk/core-data-set.aspx and will be available from 25th July 2016 until 2nd September 2016.
Third party suppliers of drug treatment applications
A number of third parties provide applications to support the drug treatment agencies. More information can be found here.
National statistics from the NDTMS are produced by the National Drug Evidence Centre at the University of Manchester and are published annually. More information on national statistics can be found here.