GambleAware funds through grants the National Gambling Helpline and a national network of treatment services delivering a range of psychosocial interventions including one-to-one and group counselling, free at the point of delivery. Although treatment services are locally accessible across Great Britain and performance data indicates existing treatment services achieve measurable improvements, there are geographical areas without services and gaps in the types of treatment available. Currently this network reaches just 2% of problem gamblers in Great Britain, and so the GambleAware grant-funded treatment system is being re-commissioned to ensure the most efficient use of funds and provide a wider range of treatment options. The aim is to triple the number of problem gamblers accessing appropriate treatment services and to ensure those who require help can access it within two weeks.
National network of treatment services
GambleAware currently funds three main treatment services for those affected by problem gambling, and a range of harm-minimisation pilot projects. Treatment provision includes brief intervention, counselling, psychotherapy including CBT, psychiatric care and residential rehabilitation. The largest of the funded providers is GamCare, which operates the National Gambling Helpline and a partner network of 15 treatment organisations across Great Britain providing counselling. The National Problem Gambling Clinic, based within the Addictions Service at Central North West London NHS Trust, offers CBT and psychiatric care. The Gordon Moody Association offers 12 week residential care at centres in Dudley, West Midlands, and Beckenham, Kent. Overall, GambleAware-funded treatment supports around 7,500 clients per year.
Treatment provider 'wait-times'
GambleAware will publish quarterly updates on 'wait-times' for assessment and treatment at GambleAware-funded services:
Data Reporting Framework
All treatment services funded as part of GambleAware's developing National Problem Gambling Service implement GambleAware's pioneering Data Reporting Framework (DRF). This ensures that data is compiled on the nature and outcomes of the treatment they provide to a nationally agreed standard. This data will allow GambleAware to rigorously evaluate these outcomes on the basis of robust and comparable evidence. GambleAware is actively encouraging other non-GambleAware funded problem gambling treatment services to use the DRF to help build what is anticipated to be a world-leading dataset, and to inform the development of best practice and outstanding care in Great Britain.
The full Data Reporting Framework Guidance and Specification is available to download and each section can be downloaded individually below:
Data Reporting Framework Specification.
Data Reporting Framework User Guidance.
Data Reporting Framework User Guidance Appendix 1.
Specification for treatment services
In May 2016, GambleAware initiated a commissioning process, negotiating with its existing preferred suppliers – GamCare and its national network of partners; Central NorthWest London NHS Trust, which runs the National Problem Gambling Clinic; and the Gordon Moody Association. GambleAware trustees carefully considered the relative merits of an open tender against the closed process which is being adopted, and believed that the benefits of continuity justified building on existing supplier relationships, providing that suppliers can satisfy trustees that they will deliver as efficiently and effectively as might otherwise be achieved through a competitive process. GambleAware intend to conclude procurement against this specification during 2017.
The specification for treatment services is here.
Brief Intervention Guide
GambleAware has published a Brief Intervention Guide. In this guide, the term “brief intervention” refers specifically to interventions carried out by professionals not from the problem gambling treatment sector.