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Proposals to amend the NDTMS dataset that is collected for young people receiving specialist substance misuse interventions

Update: August 2012
The consultation is now closed, feedback is being collated and analysed and stakeholder events have been arranged to review this. The amended data set, once agreed, will be published here and all relevant stakeholders will be informed.

The NTA is proposing to amend the data that is collected by National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) from April 2013, to ensure it remains relevant to the delivery of specialist substance misuse interventions for young people.

These suggested amendments arise out of feedback and discussion that has occurred via a range of consultation events with young persons' commissioners and providers during the summer of 2011.

The consultation proposes amendments to the data that are currently collected and seeks to ensure that this remains relevant to the delivery of specialist substance misuse interventions for young people, support the ambitions of the Government's Drug Strategy 2010 and 2012 Alcohol Strategy, and reduces the burden of data collection by ensuring that only items appropriate to a national dataset for young people are being recorded.

The proposed amendments include:

  • Capturing more details on risk factors and outcomes for young people
  • Updating recording of specialist interventions, their settings and their definitions
  • Updating how information relating to Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C is captured
  • Removing data items that are not required in a national dataset for young people

We are keen to have input into this process and we are committed to listening to the views of the field and responding to them appropriately to ensure the amendments are practical and achieve their aims.

The deadline for responses is 25 July 2012

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