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Substance Misuse (for Staff) Policy

This Policy covers all employees of South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, including Temporary workers & Agency staff.  Contractors or any other parties engaged with the Trust will also be advised of this and requested to adhere to it when on the Trust premises.  This Policy does not apply to Service Users/Patients. 

The Trust is committed to the health and safety of its employees, service users and visitors to the Trust and recognises the risks which may be caused by Substance misuse, such as the misuse of alcohol and/or drugs.

The Trust is also committed to providing the highest standard of care and service, and to ensuring the highest standard of conduct and behaviour, and recognises risks which may be caused by substance misuse.

The Trust Board and Managers are responsible for ensuring that this Policy is fully implemented, and that there is a continuing commitment to preventing Substance Misuse, such as alcohol and drugs, education and training.

The Trust will ensure that the application of this Policy will not discriminate against any employee directly or indirectly, and is in accordance with the aims set out in the Trust’s Dignity & Respect Policy.

In accordance with the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the Trust has a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure that its employees (and others) do not use Trust premises for supplying or dealing in illegal drugs, or legal drugs (that are non-prescribed), and will take action accordingly.

Link to the full Policy:

Substance Misuse (for Staff) Policy

Link to the Policy & SOP Equalities Impact Analysis:

Substance Misuse (for Staff) Policy & SOP - EIA

Link to the Standard Operating Procedure:

Substance Misuse (for Staff) SOP