Services Database Needle Exchange Service (Stoke-on-Trent Area)

Service ID



The service will be provided to drug users in Stoke-on-Trent who are requiring sterile needles, syringes, injecting paraphernalia, harm reduction advice and signposting to other relevant health and social agencies.

Location of service

North Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Needle & syringe programme

Other organisations involved


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Lifeline training events will be held regularly and will be available to all pharmacists and pharmacy staff, even if they are not currently involved in provision of the service.

Training for pharmacists and pharmacy staff will include health and safety plus appropriate related topics including basic drugs awareness, referral, health promotion, approach to treatment, local issues / developments and national guidance.

Attendance at the first session on initiation of accreditation and service provision and then at least one session per year is compulsory for the Pharmacist(s) / Pharmacy Manager / Dispensing Technician(s) accredited to oversee the service in each participating pharmacy.

It also a requirement for the Pharmacist(s) and / or Pharmacy Technician(s) at each pharmacy to complete the CPPE Distance Learning Package on “Substance Misuse and Misuse” OR have previously completed “Opiate treatment: Supporting pharmacists for improved “ within 6 months of commencing service provision.


This service is available in the Stoke-on-Trent area only.