Holland, Mark, Bell, Richard and Hughes, Elizabeth (2012) The importance of local and regional networks in supporting dual diagnosis in clinical practice. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 5 (4). pp. 185-188. ISSN 1757-0972

– The aim of this paper is to describe the development and functions of local and regional networks for professionals working with dual diagnosis in the north of England.

– The paper is a descriptive account of local and regional networks in the north of England – their development, their function and future plans.

– Local and regional networks are important in helping people share resources and ideas as well as gaining mutual support in what can be very stressful roles. However, there is a danger in a climate of financial constraints that network activities may be lost.

– This paper focuses on the importance of collegiate networks of professionals and service user representatives and offers a perspective from the north of England.

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