IMS User group event 2021

Our 2021 IMS annual user group event took place online as a Microsoft Teams Webinar on the morning of Thursday 21st October 2021.

The IMS event, attended by service providers and commissioners for all Local Authority areas across Cheshire and Merseyside, focussed on the impact of Covid-19 on IMS reporting services around Cheshire and Merseyside.

Details of speakers and links to their presentations are included below.


Speakers & presentations


Professor Vivian Hope, Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University

Event opening remarks.

  IMS event agenda

   Introduction and IMS Overview

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

Howard presented an overview of IMS activity for 2020-21 which covers the first year of the pandemic and shows how activity for Needle & Syringe Programmes (NSP) and services offering brief interventions have been affected by it.
  IMS Overview Presentation

   IMS Data Quality

Jane Webster, Data Quality Engagement Lead, Public Health Institute

Jane provided an overview of data quality, including the work to support the services who use IMS.
  IMS Data Quality Presentation

   Covid-19 and IMS services

Mark Whitfield, Intelligence and Surveillance Manager, Public Health Institute

Mark gave an overview of the findings from the IMS covid survey data, and what it tells us about the impact of the pandemic on people using IMS services.
  IMS Covid Presentation

   Needle and Syringe Programme provision by pharmacies

Matt Harvey, Chief Officer, Community Pharmacy Liverpool

Matt talked about impact of the pandemic on Needle and Syringe Programme (NSP) provision by pharmacies over the last 18 months.
  Matt's Presentation

   Project ADDER programmes in South Tees

Gemma Swan, South Tees Public Health

Gemma spoke about local approaches to harm reduction through new initiatives funded by the government’s ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement, and Recovery) programme.
  Gemma's Presentation

  Needle and syringe provision during a pandemic

Myles Chadwick, Programme Manager, The Salvation Army

Myles talked about work undertaken in conjuction with CGL in St Helens to set up needle exchange provision in an alternative setting.

   Adapting service provision

Sarah Evans, Project Manager, Community Voice

Sarah talked about how service provision has adapted during the pandemic, and shared learnings and successes.
  Sarah's Presentation

Event recorded video

Conference Video

This video with presentations from the event is almost 2 hours in length. To watch an individual presentation or speaker please use the time points below, or open the video in YouTube and use the time point links listed in the description.

  •   0:00 Welcome
  •  01:55 Agenda
  •  03:27 Prof Viv Hope - Opening remarks
  •  06:36 Howard Reed - Overview of IMS data
  •  31:39 Jane Webster - IMS Data quality work
  •  39:54 Mark Whitfield - Covid-19 and IMS
  •  55:54 Matt Harvey - Pharmacy Needle and Syringe provision
  • 1:07:18 Gemma Swan - Project ADDER programmes in South Tees
  • 1:28:10 Myles Chadwick - Salvation Army NSP provision
  • 1:38:46 Sarah Evans - Adapting services: Community Voice
  • 1:50:01 Mark Whitfield - Closing comments

Other events & links

Drug Related Deaths Conference 2021

The IMS Drug Related Deaths annual conference 2021 takes place online as a Microsoft Teams Webinar on the morning of Thursday 2nd December (9:30 - 13:00).

For futher details please see the DRD event page.

PhD study on smoking cessation in substance use treatment services

Call for participants: Participants needed for interviews discussing experiences and perspectives on smoking in substance use treatment services. Please see the attached information slide for inclusion criteria and Zoe Swithenbank's contact details.
  PhD study information slide

Previous Events:

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