Please note that this page is for the IMS user group event taking place on Thursday 21st October 2021. For details about the Drug Related Deaths Annual Conference taking place in December please see the DRD event page

IMS User group event 2021

Our 2021 IMS annual user group event will take place online as a Microsoft Teams Webinar on the morning of Thursday 21st October 2021 (9:30 - 13:00).

The IMS event will be attended by service providers and commissioners for all Local Authority areas across Cheshire and Merseyside. This year's event will be focussed on the impact of Covid-19 on IMS reporting services around Cheshire and Merseyside which include:

  • The first look at IMS data from 2020-21 which covers the first year of the pandemic and how activity for Needle & Syringe Programmes (NSP) and services offering brief interventions has been affected by it.
  • An opportunity to hear from low threshold services about their experiences of working through the pandemic over the last 18 months.
  • A view from pharmacies around NSP provision during the pandemic.

To receive the webinar link please register to attend here:


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Speakers & presentations

   Welcome


   Introduction and IMS Overview

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

Howard will present 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 Data Quality

Jane Webster, Data Quality Engagement Lead, Public Health Institute

Jane will provide an overview of data quality, including the work to support the services who use IMS.


   Covid-19 and IMS services

Mark Whitfield, Intelligence and Surveillance Manager, Public Health Institute

Mark will give 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.


   Needle and Syringe Programme provision by pharmacies

Matt Harvey, Chief Officer, Community Pharmacy Liverpool

Matt will be talking about impact of the pandemic on Needle and Syringe Programme (NSP) provision by pharmacies over the last 18 months.


   Project ADDER programmes in South Tees

Jonathan Bowden, Programme Manager South Tees Public Health

Jonathan will be speaking about local approaches to harm reduction through new initiatives funded by the government’s ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement, and Recovery) programme.


  Needle and syringe provision during a pandemic

Myles Chadwick, Programme Manager, The Salvation Army

Myles will talk 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 will talk about how service provision has adapted during the pandemic, and share learnings and successes.


Previous Events:

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