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Posted on 20th November 2012

Prisons implement GP led treatment with Delphi Medical

Staffordshire Prisons and Buckley Hall Prison in Rochdale have awarded new contracts for providing drug and alcohol treatment services to Delphi Medical.

The Lancaster-based treatment specialist, led by former GPs, takes a holistic approach to the health of inmates in treatment and works towards achieving a goal of lifelong abstinence.

The new contracts will see Delphi Medical more than double in size by the end of 2012. As well as recruiting new staff, Delphi Medical will also be taking on specialist teams already in place at the prisons.

By the end of 2012, Delphi Medical reports that it will have added 20 new full time staff over the year, bringing its total headcount up to 45. It will also employ a team of 40 part-time staff helping to deliver treatment services at a local level.

Founded in 2007 by Dr Ian Guinan and Dr John Richmond, Delphi Medical has pioneered an abstinence approach to treatment working in both prisons and community services.

It also aims to form close working partnerships with other health services, GPs and pharmacists to deliver a holistic approach to the needs of patients.

Dr Ian Guinan says, “This recent expansion is the result of years of hard work and dedication by our team, sticking to our principles and delivering effective results as part of our mission to raise the standard of drug and alcohol treatment in the UK.”

“We have a proven track record in Lancashire and the North West and as a result we’re now being asked to take over services further afield.”

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