IMS User group event 2019

Public Health Institute

Our 2019 IMS annual user group event will take place at Liverpool John Moores University's Exchange Station on Thursday 19th September 2019 (09:30-13:00).

An agenda for the event and details of our speakers are available below.

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Speakers & presentations

   Introduction and IMS Overview

Howard Reed, Intelligence & Surveillance Systems Manager, Public Health Institute

Howard will present an overview of IMS activity for the 2018-19 financial year, looking at trends in the data, the split between psychoactive and IPED users for NSP services, and what it tells us about low threshold provision across the Cheshire and Merseyside footprint.

   IMS Data Quality

Jane Webster, Data Quality Engagement, Public Health Institute

Jane will provide an overview of the work she’s been engaged in with teams concerning IMS data quality over the last 12 months, what improvements have been made and where gaps in the data remain.

   Drug Related Deaths & IMS

Mark Whitfield, Intelligence and Surveillance Manager, Public Health Institute

Mark will give an overview of the work that has taken place around drug related deaths across Cheshire and Merseyside over the last 12 months, exploring common themes and recurring factors.

   IMS & 'Brief Intervention'

Interventions are at the core our Integrated Monitoring System, but with many different teams now using IMS, does our current description for 'brief intervention' adequately cover the work that services are delivering?
Howard will present on how interventions are currently recorded within IMS, and open the discussion by presenting some new intervention category descriptions.

   New Start - Harm Reduction Service

Sean Butler, Project Manager, New Start ‘RISE’ Harm Reduction Service

New Start’s Harm Reduction Service is a female only service providing a unique package of support and accommodation for women who face multiple disadvantages.

The service which opened on 1st July 2019 is part of RISE Recovery Services. RISE is a partnership of YMCA Liverpool and New Start, together delivering three new residential services in Liverpool.


Stacey Goulding, Service Manager, Footsteps

Footsteps is a charity working in Warrington and St Helens in the North West of England. We offer listening, information and support to anyone affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. Since our foundation in 2000, we have helped thousands of parents, grandparents, partners, siblings and friends to cope with their situation in the best way for them.

   The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust, Foodbank provider

The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. There are more than 1,200 food bank centres in the Trussell Trust's network, estimated to be about two thirds of the food banks in the UK..

Information for event attendees:

Information about guest wireless access at LJMU

Featured videos:

People Before Politics: Summary of the 2019 International Harm Reduction Conference

Drug Reporter have produced an 8 minute video report from the #HR19 conference, interviewing participants from various parts of the world about key issues discussed at the event.

Filmed in Porto at the International Harm Reduction Conference between 28th April and 1st May 2019.

Previous Events:

For more details and presentations from previous events are available here: