Outcomes and Successes

The Nelson Trust aims to provide treatment that leads to lasting recovery from addiction.   To hear more stories about lives transformed by recovery please also listen to the Recovery Stories in the "Voices" section of our site.

John talks here about the need for change in his life when he came to the Nelson Trust:

How successful are we in achieving good treatment outcomes?

The Nelson Trust, like all substance misuse treatment services, reports data to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) and the National Alcohol Treatment Monitoring System (NATMS). 

These organisations are currently run by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) which is now a part of Public Health England. The data that we submit is analysed by the National Drug Evidence Centre (NDEC) which is part of the University of Manchester.  The data that we report to NDTMS covers top level service outcomes such as waiting times and also covers the impact of treatment on individual service users through the completion of Treatment Outcome Profile (TOP) questionnaires.

The first outcome identified is ‘freedom from dependence on drugs and alcohol’

The NDEC release quarterly reports which identify the outcomes of clients when they are discharged from a service provider. These reports identified that 85% of all clients had planned exits from the service; this includes successful completions and transferred clients. From the individual data that we provide to NDTMS and NATMS, we have identified that 68% of clients with alcohol as their primary substance completed treatment alcohol free, in contrast the national average in 2011/12 was 54%.  The national average for clients addicted to class A drugs was 47% in 2011/12, whereas the Nelson Trust achieved successful completions with 67% of these clients.

The second outcome identified is ‘the prevention of drug related deaths and blood borne viruses’

In 2011-12, 99% of our clients were offered a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, whilst 98% of clients were offered a test for Hepatitis C.

In 2011/12 the Nelson Trust treated 23 clients with dual diagnosis of addiction and a diagnosed mental illness.  70% of clients with dual diagnosis completed the service drug or alcohol free. 

It is important that once clients are ready for treatment they are not delayed in accessing treatment. 100% of clients in the first quarter of 2012/13 were admitted under the national three week target. In 2011/12, 97% of clients nationally were admitted into treatment within the three week target.

CQC report

The Nelson Trust is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which is the statutory body regulating providers of residential care services.  The CQC can carry out unannounced inspections of our premises whenever they wish. To see our latest report please click here.

What do our clients say about the impact of the treatment programme?

Across this website we have tried to include many examples of clients’ experiences, and many have talked with great depth of feeling about the ways in which their life has changed since they undertook treatment and achieved recovery. 

Below you can hear the story of one individual’s recovery told in their own words.  

At our 27th Anniversary reunion in September 2012 we interviewed a number of our former clients and many of them described achieving peace and contentment, reconciliation with their families, structure and purpose, health and energy – many said that they never expected to enjoy life and look forward to each day until they achieved their recovery with us.

What's recovery like?

If you are on the wrong path....

...you CAN achieve contentment.