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IMS Annual User Group
This year’s annual IMS users meeting will take place on Tuesday July 18th 10am – 1pm. The meeting will include a first look at figures from the forthcoming 2016-17 annual report, along with presentations on the new client cohorts, an update on drug-related deaths and an overview of new reporting tools. For more details and to register for this event please go to our eventbrite page: www.eventbrite.co.uk
IMS media page
The IMS media page now features video clips from the 2017 Harm Reduction International conference www.hri.global and highlights from results of the Global Drug Survey 2017 www.globaldrugsurvey.com
Quarter 4 Activity & Data Quality reports now available
The latest quarterly reports for each local authority area, covering the period 1st April 2016 - 31st March 2017, are now available in IMS Online. We also have a new 'data quality' report available along side the usual report. All our quarterly reports are available here: https://ims.ljmu.ac.uk/quarterly
Needle Exchange Survey
We are researching the experience of people delivering needle exchange services across Cheshire and Merseyside and would be very grateful for your involvement. The questionnaire takes 5-10 minutes to complete and can be accessed online here ljmu.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/nsp
2016-17 Q4 Data entry deadline
As we are now approaching the end of the 2016-17 financial year please be aware of the deadline for IMS data entry (or data upload where applicable). All client activity for 2016-17 (that's up to and including Friday 31th March) should be entered into IMS online by Friday 14th April. If you are likely to have any problems achieving this please contact us. Thank you.
IMS media page
Check out our IMS media page for a selection of video clips and news items which are relevant to IMS
Quarter 3 reports now available
The latest quarterly reports for each local authority area, covering the period 1st April - 31st December 2016, are now available in IMS Online. All our quarterly reports are available here: https://ims.ljmu.ac.uk/quarterly
IMS 'Quick Assessment' popup window
The quick assessment popup only appears for clients who've never had an assessment completed, when enabled a popup window will appear after you save an Intervention or Transaction. The quick assessment contains only the minimum data items from the IMS assessment it's designed to be quick & easy to complete. A short user guide is available with more details.
A Force for Good? How the criminal justice system can support the public’s health.
Our next free Public Health in Focus seminar takes place on Wednesday 25th January 2017 and explores the interrelationship between the criminal justice system and public health. Speakers will include Neil Woods (author of Good Cop, Bad War), Lee Turners (Merseyside Police) and Daniel Silverstone (Reader in Policing at LJMU). For further details download the event information flyer here. To attend please contact PublicHealthInFocus@ljmu.ac.uk
2016-17 Q3 Data entry deadline
Quarter 3 ended on Saturday 31st December, for teams who enter data directly into IMSonline the data extract will be completed automatically. Please make sure you've entered all client activity for 2016 before the quarterly dealine which is Friday 6th January. For those teams who use other data entry systems, you will need to extract your 'non-structured' client activity for inclusion within IMS and upload your data extract to the IMS secure drop box thank you.
Assessment Issues
We have noticed a number of issues occurring with adding or updating assessment records. This issue has been logged and is under investigation. A fix will be in place on Tuesday 3rd January. We apologies for any inconvenience this has caused to our users.
Christmas 2016
Our office is closed over Christmas until Tuesday 3rd Jan 2017, but if you have any IMS queries please email me h.d.reed@ljmu.ac.uk and I’ll respond as soon as I’m able. All the best for Christmas and the New Year from the IMS team.
IMS Annual Report 2015-16
The 2015-16 IMS Annual Report is now available on our annual reports page. » 47 services and 84 pharmacies contributed to IMS in 2015/16. » 209,606 brief interventions, syringe exchange transactions, and onward referrals were delivered, an increase of 7.1% on 2014/15. » 26,197 unique individuals appear in the data set across Cheshire and Merseyside, a decrease of 16.2% compared to the number of individuals in 2014/15. Appendix D includes a breakdown by agency for the year.
New: IMS complete user guide
The full IMS user guide has now been updated to include all the latest IMSonline features. The new guide is available here: IMS user guide (version 2.0)
Have you checked the client assessment page?
It's important that up to date client assessment information is entered in IMS, we recommended that a new assessment is entered when the previous one was longer than six months ago. But for some agencies there are a number of clients who've never had an assessment entered. There's a user guide available, and an assessment form. If you need any advice on IMS assessments please contact us.
Update: Client Notes
In response to feedback about the client notes page, the size of the notes text field has been increased to allow up to 10,000 characters. You may need to use the scroll bar if you enter a large amout of text.
Quarter 2 reports now available
The latest quarterly reports for each local authority area now available in IMS Online. You can now find all quarterly reports, annual reports and other IMS information on our https://ims.ljmu.ac.uk/info page.
Carbon Monoxide Breath Test
For those services using 'Smokerlyzers' please remember to record this as an Intervention. Select 'Health Screening' as the category and then 'Carbon Monoxide Breath Test' as the type. There's a smokerlyzer poster available as a reminder.
Drug Related Deaths - Data entry form
The DRD form is now incorporated into IMSonline this option can be added to individual user accounts. Please contact us if you need it enabling. A quick guide for users is available to download here.
2016-17 Q2 Data entry deadline
Quarter 2 ends on Friday 30th September, for teams who enter data directly into IMSonline the data extract will be completed automatically. So please make sure you've entered all client activity (that's up to and including Friday 30th September) before the quarterly deadline - which will be Friday 7th October. If you are likely to have any problems achieving this please let us know. For those teams who use other data entry software, you will need to extract your ‘non-structured’ client activity data for inclusion within IMS and upload your data to the IMS secure drop box Thank you.
Update: Assessments
The Assessments module has now been updated to include new items in IMS Core Data Set 2.0. A key change is the expansion of the 'Chronic Conditions or Disability' field. Full details are available in the assessments user guide , also if you use the paper assessments form this has been updated.
Update: Health Screening Interventions
As a result of your feedback and to simplify the data entry process Health Screening activities have now been incorporated into the Interventions page. Select the ‘Interventions Category’ first, then you will see the ‘Intervention Type’ contains a list of screening activities. This replaces the separate ‘Screenings’ module; all previously recorded activity has been transferred over.
Quarter 1 reports now available
The latest quarterly report is now available in IMS Online. You can now access maps, quarterly and annual reports via the Interactive Maps & Reports button.
IMS User group presentations
The IMS user group event took place on Thursday 14th July, thank you to everyone who was able to attend. Presentations and videos from the event are available here: www.cph.org.uk/ims/ims-user-group-event-2016
2016-17 Q1 Data entry deadline
Quarter 1 ended on Thursday 30th June, for teams who enter data directly into IMSonline the data extract will be completed automatically. So please make sure you've entered all client activity (that's up to and including Thursday 30th June) before the quarterly deadline - which will be Friday 15th July. If you are likely to have any problems achieving this please let us know. For those teams who use other data entry software, you will need to extract your ‘non-structured’ client activity data for inclusion within IMS and upload your data to the IMS ‘secure drop box Thank you.
IMS Annual User Group
Our annual IMS user group meeting takes place on Thursday 14th July 10am - 1.00pm. This will be an opportunity for users of the system to discuss the IMS dataset, preview latest data, give feedback on development of IMS. For more details and to register for this event please go to our eventbrite page: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Quarter 4 reports now available
The latest quarterly report is now available in IMS Online. You can now access maps, quarterly and annual reports via the Interactive Maps & Reports button.
Q4 deadline extended...
You may have experienced problems accessing IMSonline on Friday, this was due to a UK wide issue with the university internet network. Because of this the Q4 data entry deadline has been extended to Wednesday (20th April). In the case of any connection issues it's worth checking our twitter feed @cph_ims as we will post updates. Sorry again for the problems.
2015-16 Q4 Data entry deadline
Quarter 4 ended on Thursday 31th March, for teams who enter data directly into IMSonline the data extract will be completed automatically. So please make sure you've entered all client activity (that's up to and including Thursday 31th March) before the quarterly deadline - which will be Friday 15th April. If you are likely to have any problems achieving this please let us know. For those teams who use other data entry software, you will need to extract your ‘non-structured’ client activity data for inclusion within IMS and upload your data to the IMS ‘secure drop box Thank you.
New Drugs: Treatment, interventions and harm reduction seminar
This free event in the ESRC funded seminar series focuses on treatment, community interventions and harm reduction approaches to new drugs (including NPS / HED / IPED) Venue: LJMU Date: Wed 4th May 2016 Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk Further details: https://newdrugseminars.wordpress.com
Anabolic Steroids: Evidence & Engagement Conference
With leading international and UK speakers, this conference will investigate what we know about use of Anabolic Steroids, and the key challenges we are currently facing. Venue: LJMU Date: Wed 22nd June 2016 Further details: SteroidConference2016
Recording NPS 'legal highs' & club drugs
If your clients have any experience with NPS 'legal highs' & other club drugs please record details in the NPS (legal highs) section. More details are found in the module quick guide... www.cph.org.uk/imsdataset/IMSnpslegalhighs.pdf
2015-16 Q3 Data entry deadline
Quarter 3 ended on Thursday 31th December, for teams who enter data directly into IMSonline the data extract will be completed automatically. So please make sure you've entered all client activity (that's up to and including Thursday 31th December) before the quarterly deadline - which will be Friday 8th January. If you are likely to have any problems achieving this please let us know. For those teams who use other data entry software, you will need to extract your ‘non-structured’ client activity data for inclusion within IMS and upload your data to the IMS ‘secure drop box Thank you.
Christmas 2015
Our office is closed over Christmas until Monday 4th Jan 2016, but if you have any IMS queries please email me h.d.reed@ljmu.ac.uk and I’ll respond as soon as I’m able. All the best for Christmas and the New Year from the IMS team.
IMS Annual Report 2014-15
The 2014-15 IMS Annual Report is available to download here: IMS-Annual-Report-2014-15.pdf ♦♦ 52 services and 94 pharmacies contributed to IMS in 2014/15 ♦♦ 195,630 brief interventions, syringe exchange transactions, and onward referrals were delivered ♦♦ 31,246 unique individuals appear in the data set across Cheshire and Merseyside
RSPH Video: Improve and Protect
The use of IMSonline is featured in a new video produced by RSPH Royal Society for Public Health looking at the importance of data collection in Public Health. Watch the video on the IMS webpage: www.cph.org.uk/ims
NWC Research and Innovation Award Finalist
We're excited to report that IMS has been shortlisted in the 'Best example of advancing local NHS systems for innovation' category at the 2015 North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the development and success of IMSonline . For more information about the NWC awards visit: www.nwcawards.co.uk
PHE survey of needle and syringe programmes
Public Health England are conducting a survey of needle and syringe programmes (NSP). The survey closes on October 31st. The survey link for providers of NSP is: https://surveys.phe.org.uk/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=NSPProv2015 and for commissioners the link is https://surveys.phe.org.uk/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=NSPComm2015
Image & Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPED) Survey - 2015
The IPEDs Survey 2015 is now open and you are invited to contribute at: www.cph.org.uk/ipedsurvey This survey is for anyone who's used any IPEDs including: Anabolic Steriods, Peptide Hormones, Injectable Tanning agents, Diuretics, Fat burners or Anti-Estrogen drugs.
New IMSonline module: NPS 'legal highs' & club drugs
You can now record additional details relating to NPS 'legal highs' & club drugs in a new dedicated IMSonline module. More details are found in the module quick guide... www.cph.org.uk/imsdataset/IMSnpslegalhighs.pdf
New IMSonline module: Take home Naloxone
Does your service provide ‘take home Naloxone’ for clients at risk for Opioid overdose, or do you have plans to begin providing it following the October 2015 changes to UK legislation? IMSonline now includes a module to allow you to monitor Naloxone kits you’ve issued, more details available in our quick guide www.cph.org.uk/imsdataset/IMSnaloxoneOct15.pdf
2015-16 Q2 Data entry deadline
Quarter 2 ended on Wednesday 30th September, for teams who enter data directly into IMSonline the data extract will be completed automatically. So please make sure you've entered all client activity (that's up to and including Wednesday 30th September) before the quarterly deadline - which will be Friday 9th October. If you are likely to have any problems achieving this please let us know. For those teams who use other data entry software, you will need to extract your ‘non-structured’ client activity data for inclusion within IMS and upload your data to the IMS ‘secure drop box Thank you.
IMSonline new layout
IMSonline has now been updated, if you have any problems or have an older browser which does not support the new layout, then you can still access the ‘old’ version of IMS with this link https://ses.ljmu.ac.uk A guide to the main updates is available IMSonline updates quick guide, we hope you like the changes please let us have your feedback CPHmonitoring@ljmu.ac.uk
IMSonline September 2015 refresh
During the next week you will notice some updates to IMSonline there are no changes to the data you'll need to enter, just the appearance and layout on your screen. A quick guide to the main changes is now available: IMSonline updates quick guide
TIIG Themed Report: Alcohol Licensing
Our colleagues in the Trauma and Injury Intelligence Group (TIIG) have published a new report on the use of A&E data in the alcohol licensing process. The report is free to download at: www.cph.org.uk
Update - Recording assessments
As a result of feedback from our last IMS user group meeting we've updated Assessments screen so you can now record "0" (zero) drinking days, drinking units, AUDIT score, or number of children. However if the client is not asked or refuses to answer, then this item should still be left blank.
2015-16 Q1 Data entry deadline
Quarter 1 ends on Tuesday 30th June, for teams who enter data directly into IMS the data extract will be completed automatically. So please make sure you've entered all client activity (that's up to and including Tuesday 30th June) before the quarterly deadline - which will be Friday 10th July. If you are likely to have any problems achieving this please let us know CPHMonitoring@ljmu.ac.uk Thank you.
IMS Annual User Group
Our annual IMS user group meeting takes place on Friday 26th June 11am - 1.30pm. This is an opportunity to meet other people who use IMS, to discuss the system and to hear about our future plans. For more details and to register for this event please go to our eventbrite page: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Feedback survey
It's now six months since we first piloted IMS Online and we would like feedback about your experience, is the system easy to use, and how relevant do you find the data items for your service?... Take our Online Survey
Updated review forms
Paper copies of the assessment and wellbeing forms are now available, please note that usage is optional as these are not intended to replace your own processes. They’ve been updated as a result of feedback from teams who found the form useful as a prompt, together with a list of the possible reference data options.
2014-15 Data entry deadline
As you'll be aware Tuesday 31st March marked the end of the 2014-15 financial year. There is no longer a requirement for you to complete a data extract as it’s now completed automatically. But please make sure you've entered all client activity up to and including Tuesday 31st March by this Friday (10th April). If you are likely to have any problems achieving this please let us know CPHMonitoring@ljmu.ac.uk Thank you.
Do you have an interest in Drug Policy?
There are still a few places left at our free event on Tuesday afternoon next week, open to the public with a free lunch and Johann's book is amazing. Some places left if you're quick, register via www.cph.org.uk
CPH Research In Focus Event
This HIT & CPH event on Tue 24th March will look at drug policy, the speakers are: Johann Hari a British writer and journalist who has written regular columns for The Independent and The Huffington Post. He will explore issues covered in his acclaimed new book ‘Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’. And Steve Rolles Senior Policy Analyst at Transform Drug Policy Foundation. As well as writing a range of journal articles, periodicals and book chapters, Steve was lead author on many of Transform’s publications, including 2009’s ‘After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation’. For event details and registration visit... www.cph.org.uk
Maps & Quarterly report now available
The latest quarterly report is now available in IMS Online. You can now access maps, quarterly and annual reports via the 'Interactive Maps & Reports' button.
IMS Annual Report 2013-14
The IMS Annual report details the results of the IMS over 2013-14, cross matching it with data from National Drugs Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS), and Criminal Justice - Drugs Intervention Programme (DIP) to provide a report inclusive of every individual in contact with any drug or alcohol treatment/low threshold service or syringe-exchange across Cheshire and Merseyside.
Follow us...
If you've been trying to access IMSonline since yesterday lunch time you'll have noticed we've been having a few server problems. We promise we don't make a habit of this, but in the case of any issues it's worth checking our twitter feed @cph_ims as we will post updates on any issues. Sorry again for the problems.
Smoking Cessation Referrals
Local Public health commissioners are interested in the number of clients with referrals to smoking cessation services. If applicable, please record this as a 'Referral Out' and select "Smoking Cessation Service" as the referral category.
Recording 'Legal Highs'
To record a 'Legal High' select Substance 1, 2 or 3 in the client assessment and look for "NPS" (New Psychoactive Substances) in the list. Unlike other substances NPS are described by their effect instead of a drug name, but if you don't have further details use "NPS Other - effects different, or not stated".
IMS Data submission: 2014-15 Quarter 3
The 2014-15 Quarter 3 period ended on Wednesday 31st December 2014, as you are now using IMS Online you no longer need to submit a data extract. You just need to make sure that all your activity for quarter 3 (that's everything up to & including Weds 31st Dec) has been entered into IMS Online before 5pm on Friday 9th January. If you have any problems making this deadline please email us. CPHMonitoring@ljmu.ac.uk
Update: Assessment highlighting
When viewing client records you may notice the “Assessments” tab (and “Wellbeing” where applicable) changing colour. *RED* indicates this client has never had an assessment entered. *ORANGE* means the last assessment was entered longer than six months ago.
Christmas & New Year
The Centre for Public Health is closed from Wednesday 24th December until Monday 5th January 2015. We would like to wish all IMS online users a very Merry Christmas. If you require any help while we’re closed, the IMS user guide and other information is available on our website www.cph.org.uk/ims
IMS Online: New agency migrations
We are currently rolling out IMSonline to existing GOLIATH, LAIKA and BAKER agencies. For more information about the system please go to the user guide and dataset pages on our website, or you can check your systems are compatible. If you’d like to arrange a date for your service to be migrated please contact us
Update: Postcode look up
You are encouraged to enter full postcodes in the client assessment screen. This will allow your client assessment data to be mapped to ward areas on our interactive maps, which will soon be part of IMS online. Clients can be reassured that only the first part of their postcode is used in the data extracted by LJMU Centre for Public Health. However we appreciate that clients may not know their full postcode, or might only be willing give the first part, so we have now updated IMS online to accept part postcodes. If you enter a partial postcode the DAT & LA boxes will not populate, but the lists will change to show options for that postcode area. Simply select the relevant DAT & LA from the list.
IMS Online: Request for pilot sites
I’m pleased to report that we’ve made great progress with the first stage of development and are now in a position to offer the tool in advance to a limited number of agencies who are prepared to work with us as pilot sites. It represents an exciting opportunity to test out this new tool and be involved in the initial pre-launch development of what will become the final release version.
IMS Online: Testing
The new online IMS tool is currently in the testing phase and will be launched later this year, please check our web pages for more information. CPH Website
Scheduled Maintenance
We are currently performing maintenance on the site and you may experience problems. Please contact us on CPHMonitoring@ljmu.ac.uk for assistance.