Treatment and service delivery: Theme lead: Tim Weaver

The evidence-base for a range of substance misuse treatments is growing. But as services undergo radical change, both in the UK and internationally, more research is needed to establish the ‘real world’ effectiveness of treatments, to evaluate new models of service delivery and to improve the implementation of treatments which have an evidence-base.

DARC’s treatment and service delivery research combines internationally recognized research into the real world effectiveness of treatments (notably behavioral interventions such as contingency management), with more applied provider-facing research into models of service delivery that draw increasingly on implementation science.

Given our focus on applied research, DARC’s treatment and service delivery often builds synergies with our other key themes such as workforce development. While embracing new and emerging research areas, we will maintain our long-standing focus on problematic alcohol use and the co-morbidity of substance misuse and mental health problems. Publications from the research are listed on the publications page.

Current and recent research

  1. Metrebian, N., Strang, J., Weaver, T., Pilling, S., Goldsmith, K., Finch, E., Bijral, P., Taylor, D. & Shearer, J. Telephone delivered Incentives for Encouraging adherence to Supervised methadone consumption: development and feasibility study for a RCT of clinical and cost effectiveness (TIES). Funded: National Institute of Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit 2017-2019.
  2. Sondhi A. Case-mix Audit of Southwark Drug Treatment Services. Funded: LB Southwark, London, 2019.
  3. Annand F. Evidence review of medicines associated with dependence and withdrawal. Funded: Public Health England, 2017-2019.
  4. Aceijas, C. & Weaver, T. improving health literacy for tuberculosis prevention and care among alcohol and drug users. A London community trial. Funded: Middlesex, internal funds, 2017-2018.
  5. Herring, R and Bell, L. Mothers’ voices revisited: Reflections after participating in the ‘Hummingbirds’ intervention. Funded: Middlesex Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine Small Grant Programme, 2017-18.
  6. Johnson, S., Hinton, M., King, M., Weaver, T., McCrone, P., Craig, T., Strang, J., Major, B., Marwaha, S., Pilling, S., Fowler, D. & Marston, L. Randomised controlled trial of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a contingency management intervention for reduction of cannabis use and of relapse in early psychosis  (CIRCLE). Funded: National Institute of Health Research, HTA Programme 2011-2016.