Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms
Treatment and support
The National Strategy aims to help all those affected by gambling harm to access effective high-quality treatment and support wherever they live, with positive outcomes.
Treatment and support – summary of progress
- Clear recognition of gambling harms in the NHS England Ten-Year Plan – leading to expanded treatment through NHS clinics
- Pilot of a 24-hour operation of the National Problem Gambling Helpline.
- Initial commitment to develop a quality assurance system for treatment by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
- Expanded range of pilot activity to treat gambling harms in a range of setting and through increased engagement with new statutory providers – such as GPs, Custody Suites and Recovery Colleges.
- Little published evidence from evaluation of existing treatment and support to guide current decisions about the expansion of services.
- A lack of agreed outcomes data.
- Systemic weakness in research funding has contributed to this lack of evidence. This includes the pace at which research has been commissioned and delivered and quality of final research produced.
- Delays to NICE guidelines, which would further embed treatment for gambling harms to mainstream health services
- No national needs assessment – meaning there is limited assurance that activity is well-matched to need.
- Over-reliance on regulatory settlements to fund new treatment activity.
Summary of progress
Last updated: 18 August 2021
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