Workforce Development

NHS Health Scotland and Scottish Drugs Forum (formerly STRADA) have been asked to work in collaboration with Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) across Forth Valley in order to establish a ‘blueprint’ for local workforce development outcomes and indicators. The aim of the project is to identify locally relevant outcomes and indicators for the alcohol and drugs workforce that correspond with the Scottish Government’s set of core national outcomes for ADPs. This project will enable ADPs in the area to develop workforce development strategies that are closely linked to their plans, and will also support the development of local indicators which will allow for the measurement of progress against these strategies.

Current Training Opportunities – 2019/2020

Scottish Drugs Forum  Click on the dates for booking and learning outcomes.

ROSC: Unlocking recovery in Forth Valley – This 2 day learning and development opportunity has been designed in collaboration with Forth Valley Alcohol and Drug Partnership. The event is targeted at practitioners delivering services in Forth Valley whose role involves supporting the long-term recovery of people directly and indirectly affected by problematic alcohol and other drug use.
New dates to be confirmed.

New Psychoactive Substances – The course aims to provide participants with up-to-date information about the latest trends.
New dates to be confirmed.

Understanding Stigma: Promoting inclusive attitudes and practice.- This one day training will give participants a distinct set of knowledge and skills to help them understand and address alcohol and drug-related stigma.

30th September 2019

9th December 2019

 Older and Wiser Working with people who use substances as they age This course explores the health needs of an ageing cohort who use alcohol and drugs.  It is aimed primarily at frontline staff and managers and is also relevant to services that support people who use substances, such as housing and homelessness services.
New dates to be confirmed.

Drug Awareness – The training aims to increase workers’ drug awareness knowledge and provide an opportunity to explore current and emerging trends with substance use.
24th January 2019

20th January 2020

Introduction to Trauma and Working with People who use Substances – This training will introduce the theory of trauma and will enable participants to identify and implement practical strategies to appropriately support service users who may experience trauma.
21st February 2019

5th September  2019

27th December 2019

Children and Families Affected by Parental Substance Misuse – This two day course seeks to develop the knowledge and skills of workers in contact with children and families affected by problem drug and alcohol misuse. This includes health visitors, teachers, substance misuse workers and social workers, including criminal justice workers.
11th November 2019

26th November 2019

Understanding and Supporting People with Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD) – A one day learning and development opportunity for staff seeking to improve their understanding of ARBD and to develop strategies to better work with those affected
3rd December 2019

Essential Skills – This 2 day course aims to allow health workers, youth workers, drug workers and other professionals to effectively respond to, treat, support and engage with people who use drugs and alcohol.  It would be particularly helpful to those who are not specialist drug or alcohol workers, or are ne to the substance use field.

new dates to be confirmed

Staying Alive – Preventing Drug-related Deaths- the course is aimed primarily at frontline staff and managers, however it is also relevant to services which support people who use substances, such as housing and homelessness services.

20th August 2019

10th September 2019

Drink Wise Age Well– Responding to alcohol use in the over 50’s- the course aims to help you recognise and respond appropriately to alcohol use in the ageing population, considering the challenges we face in engaging with this age group.

26th July 2019

12th September 2019

Sex, Drugs & Vulnerable People- 2 day interactive course with different techniques to cover issues that vulnerable people face in relation to sex and drug use.

16th and 17th September

Cocaine and Psychostimulants -this training aim to give staff an overview of the key psychostimulants and emerging trends and how to recognise signs and symptoms related to overdose.

8th October 2019

Engagement Skills – this course aims to provide a development opportunity in the process of engaging and promoting engagement with clients.

13th January 2020

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing – This introductory 2 day course will help you develop knowledge and skills in motivational interviewing.

4th and 5th November 2019

Blood Bourne Virus – this course aims to increase workers’ understanding of key issues relating to BBV’s, Hep C, and HIV.

29th October 2019

Bacterial Infections and Drug Use– 1/2 day course

dates to be announced soon for January 2020

Route Transition -Tooting and Shooting– 1/2 day course

dates to be announced soon for January 2020

Getting Our Priorities Right
25th March 2019

8th, 12th and 28th August 2019
Scottish Government updated good practice guidance for all agencies and practitioners working with children, young people and families affected by problematic alcohol and/or drug use Forth Valley GOPR Guidelines_2019 (a copy of which can be obtained from

Health Promotion Forth Valley training : Training courses covering a range of topics including drug and alcohol sessions are available locally through the NHS Health Promotion Service.



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