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Action on Addiction is a national charity provides life-saving treatment to individuals and families affected by addiction. Their ambition is to reach more people in more places and offer more individuals, families and communities the chance of help, hope and ultimately freedom from addiction.

Clouds House, Action on Addiction’s world-renowned residential treatment centre in Wiltshire, is one of the longest-running in the UK having opened its doors in 1983. In December 2018, it was rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and the preferred residential treatment centre of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme.

Alcoholics Anonymous has more than 4,400 groups across the country, designed to help those with alcohol problems learn how to stay sober. Groups are made up of people from all walks of life and all age groups. Membership of Alcoholics Anonymous is free and anonymity is carefully preserved. 

The Sick Doctors Trust was established in 1996 by a group of doctors who were themselves recovering from addictions and were concerned at the lack of effective arrangements for helping others who found themselves in difficulty as a result of alcohol or drug use. 

Drink Wise Age Well is a National Community Lottery funded programme that supports people aged over to make healthier choices about alcohol as they age. The programme is delivered by a number of key partners including Addaction, Royal Voluntary Service, Barod  and the Substance Misuse and Ageing Research Team at the University of Bedfordshire. Drink Wise, Age Well involves a comprehensive prevention-to- treatment programme providing  realistic and sustainable solutions to the growing problem of alcohol misuse in the over 50s. The programme operates in five demonstration areas across the UK: 

Glasgow (Scotland), Western Health and Social Care Trust area (Northern Ireland), Cwm Taf (Wales), Sheffield (England) and Devon County (England). The programme is in its final year of delivery and has recently launched four nation charters co-produced by people with lived experience and experts in alcohol and ageing. The charters (which can be found on their website) provide solutions for all older adults to live free from the harm caused by alcohol. 

DrinkCoach is a pioneering digital pathway designed to help individuals track and change their drinking:

  • The DrinkCoach AUDIT, a digitised version of the World Health Organisation’s gold-standard Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).
  • The DrinkCoach App, a free to download drink tracker.
  • The DrinkCoach Online Coaching Service, connecting people with alcohol specialists via Skype.
DrinkCoach is delivered by Humankind, a national charity dedicated to creating services and support to meet people’s complex health and social needs.
In 2003, Echosens significantly changed the practice of liver diagnosis with FibroScan®, the unique device using patented and validated VCTE™ technology for liver stiffness assessment, and CAP™ technology for steatosis quantification.

FibroScan® device is recognized worldwide as the reference for non invasive liver diagnosis with more than 2,000 medical publications and 40 guidelines recommendations.

As patient education is a major issue, Echosens has created the "myliverexam" website that provides information about the role of the liver and why it is vital to the global health.

Kyowa Kirin aims to contribute to the health and comfort of people around the world.

Kyowa Kirin’s mission is to respond to the needs of patients suffering from diseases for which no effective treatments are available, their families and the healthcare professionals fighting those diseases on the front line.

Norgine is a leading European specialist pharmaceutical company with a direct commercial presence in all major European markets.

In 2017, Norgine’s total net product sales were EUR 345 million.

Norgine employs over 1,000 people across its commercial, development and manufacturing operations and manages all aspects of product development, production, marketing, sale and supply.

Norgine specialises in gastroenterology, hepatology, cancer and supportive care. 

SHAAP was set up in 2006 by the Medical Royal Colleges in Scotland and is based within the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Its work is guided by a Steering Group with representation from the Medical Royal Colleges, Public Health Faculties and invited experts. SHAAP provides the authoritative medical and clinical voice on the need to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm on the health of people in Scotland and the evidence-based approaches to achieve this. SHAAP works in partnership with a range of organisations in Scotland and beyond, including Alcohol Focus Scotland, the BMA, the Alcohol Health Alliance and Eurocare.