Shadow minister Diana Johnson visits Wakefield’s Turning point project

MP Diana Johnson, shadow crime and security minister, visits the 'Turning Point' drugs project in Wakefield, where a new approach to payment by results for drug treatment is being piloted. Talking with service user, Vicki. (W545E230)
MP Diana Johnson, shadow crime and security minister, visits the 'Turning Point' drugs project in Wakefield, where a new approach to payment by results for drug treatment is being piloted. Talking with service user, Vicki. (W545E230)
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A SHADOW minister visited the city drugs project where a new approach to tackling addiction is being piloted.

Diana Johnson, the shadow crime and security minister, met staff and service users at Turning Point yesterday.

Turning Point is delivering substance misuse services under a new scheme called Payment by Results (PbR).

Under PbR, Turning Point is paid by NHS bosses for the achievements of individual service users like reduced offending and staying in a job instead of getting a flat fee.

The pilot aims to find out if PbR is a better way of helping people break the cycle of addiction and achieve long-term recovery.

Emil Brown, recovery representative for Turning Point, at Grosvenor House on Union Street, said: “Since its launch the new service has actually received a warm welcome from service users.

“Treatment services in general have become much more recovery-focused since the pilot went live and there is a lot more structure to all aspects of the service.”

PbR is also being piloted in Bracknell Forest, Enfield, Kent, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Stockport and Wigan.