Sorted also seeks to ensure we foster good working relationships with other agencies across Northumberland. Our collaborations include developing several pathways to coordinate the best care for the young people we work with, and collaborations with other organisations to encourage the sharing of resources, information and best practice. Examples of these types of operations in practice include:
Police – As well as providing resources for the police we also have a pathway in place that ensures that any young person found in possession of alcohol is informed about Sorted and a home visit undertaken to offer support.
A&E – A pathway is in place that ensures that any young person that presents at A&E under the influence of drugs or alcohol receives on-going support from Sorted. Sorted are notified of all of these young people and a home visit is arranged to offer further support.
GUM pathway – Sorted have a care pathway in place that ensures all young people within the service have access to sexual health intervention and access to Hepatitis screening and vaccination.
Education – Sorted have a pathway in place with most high schools in Northumberland that ensures that all young people that are excluded for drugs or alcohol receive a home visit and on going support to prevent further exclusion.
LAC – Sorted have a care pathway in place to ensure that all young people coming into Northumberland residential settings have access to an initial assessment and support from a Sorted worker. All foster carers have access to Substance misuse training from Sorted and are supported with referrals for any young people who are in their care.
RMG – Sorted are part of Northumberland’s Risk Management Group, therefore offer support to those young people deemed the most vulnerable and at risk.
Section 30 – Sorted provides a rapid assessment for young people who have received a section 30 due to their use of alcohol.
Duty system – Sorted provides a duty system during office hours this allows support to be given to other professionals with young people on their caseloads. It can also be used for parents to access support.
Public health nurse – Sorted now has a public health nurse within the team giving the young people within Sorted’s service access to full health assessments. As a result of having the public health nurse in post Sorted can now offer a smoking cessation to those young people within the service.
Info hour – Sorted take part in a monthly information afternoon for professionals, students or any new workers in Northumberland. This provides an introduction to Sorted service, referral pathways and training etc.
Transitional pathway – Sorted have a transitional pathway into Northumberland Recovery Partnership (Adult service) this ensures that all young people moving from Sorted into adult service are provided with a smooth transition.
Parent support – Sorted provides telephone support through our duty system, home visits as part of pathways discussed above and for those who need further support referral into escape family support.
We also have a wide range of information and practical resources available for use.
Agencies and/or professionals can call Sorted should they wish to seek information about a particular substance or discuss any issue relating to a young person they may have concerns about. Sorted will also support professionals to assist young people in identifying problematic use and help motivate them to access intervention/treatment.