The work - conducted in collaboration with The Pobl Group, a large third-sector organisation that specialises in health and social care throughout Wales - includes multi-level training in ARBD, underpinned by USW’s research, for all frontline staff who work with individuals with, or who are at risk of ARBD.
ARBD is an under-recognised condition that is caused by chronic alcohol misuse and associated nutritional deficiencies. It is a significant public health concern both in community and clinical settings, yet there is a lack of knowledge and understanding of ARBD among health and social care professionals across a range of settings.
Oliver John, Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales Manager, said: “The research conducted by the University of South Wales is not only leading within Wales and the UK but the world.
“Many frontline health care workers are unaware of ARBD and/or lack the knowledge to effectively diagnose it. Consequently, the work the University of South Wales has done on creating materials to facilitate dissemination of their research and raise awareness of ARBD and the associated signs and symptoms of the condition, as well as highlighting barriers and potential pathways to effective treatment, constitutes a pivotal step in effectively tackling the condition," added Oliver.
Speaking of the importance of the work, Oliver said: “The ramifications of their research and the subsequent awareness-raising and dissemination that followed has already had an impact, from the level of the individual up to influencing governmental policy, and this impact will likely continue to spread and gain momentum.
Professor Bev John, co-lead of the Addictions Research Group at the University of South Wales, said: “We are delighted that the Royal College of Psychiatrists have endorsed our research and we look forward to working in partnership with them”
Professor Gareth Roderique-Davies, co-lead of the Addictions Research Group at the University of South Wales, added: “The next stage of our project will see us develop and roll out our training to service providers and health care practitioners across Wales and the UK. The Royal College of Psychiatrists are a significant strategic partner in allowing us to achieve this.”