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Ian Wardle on Workforce and workforce diversity
Ian expands on the notion of a migratory workforce as something beyond any one organisational challenge.
Ian Wardle on criticism of the Workforce
Ian suggests that attributing shortcomings in drug treatment to individual employees should be challenged against other more powerful forces.
William White on treatment and mutual aid

William talks about the need to maintain boundaries between treatment and mutual aid. He says there is a lot of 'role definition' to get worked out with those groups that stand between treatment and mutual aid.

Rowdy Yates on the development of practice skills in drugs services

Through his experience at Lifeline Rowdy describes the creative period that supported the expansion of drug treatment in the north west.

Susanne MacGregor on Managerialism

Susanne describes the difference between professionalism and managerialism. "Managerialism attacks the professions."

Susanne MacGregor on Innovation and Accountability

Susanne explores what is needed when designing services to meet demand.

Susanne MacGregor on the Voluntary Sector

Susanne describes contract issues and the role of the Voluntary Sector.

Robin Davidson on original thinkers in the drug and alcohol field

Robin talks about his own strengths and weaknesses and the original thinkers whom he admires.

Tim Leighton on Recovery and Worker Confidence

 "There isn't a technology of recovery, this is a social and cultural matter"

Tim Leighton on drugs work and increase of heroin use

 Tim describes the emergent responses to heroin use during the period of rapidly increasing use compared to early treatments

Mike Ashton on Social Skills and Front Line Work

Mike suggests that a socially skilled worker is the most effective, and that research indicates it is possible to recruit on that basis.

Mike Ashton on the need for workers to react flexibly to their clients

Mike describes the processes by which the practitioners choices can make things better or worse. "People who have decided that they want to go for treatment... 90% of the work is done".

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Lifeline Project and FEAD
Welcome to Lifeline and FEAD (Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs). This project has been shaped by the wealth of experience, openness, and knowledge of the contributors. You are invited to comment on the clips, which are supported by footnotes to which you can add. FEAD is an ongoing Lifeline Project initiative.

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Lifeline Project: In 1971 the Lifeline Project opened a day centre for drug users in Manchester. Since its foundation Lifeline has grown and developed, and now works in a diverse range of settings across the UK. Our purpose is to relieve poverty, sickness and distress among those persons affected by addiction to drugs of any kind, and to educate the public on matters relating to drug misuse.
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