The Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice e-learning (Alcohol IBA) resource has been designed to help you identify individuals whose drinking might be impacting on their health. It will enable you to give simple, structured advice and has been developed in partnership with e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH).
There are four e-learning courses available, you should access the e-learning course that is most appropriate to your profession.
- Alcohol IBA in Primary Care
- Alcohol IBA in Community Pharmacy
- Alcohol IBA in Hospital Settings
- Alcohol IBA in Dental Settings
These courses have been designed to provide the skills and understanding to deliver alcohol IBA in line with the National Occupational Standard AH10 - 'Work with individuals to encourage a reduction in harmful alcohol consumption and drinking behaviour'.
The sessions will help you understand alcohol units, the different terms used to describe drinking levels and the risk and implications on excessive drinking carries (physical, mental, and social). The resource takes you through the evidence of how Alcohol IBA can reduce the scale of this harm by explaining and demonstrating tools to identify alcohol consumption levels. The final stage of the e-learning resource is an assessment to test your knowledge gained and enables you to access a record of completing this course.
If you have an NHS email address, you can undertake the course on the e-LfH learning management system, which will enable you to bookmark your place in the course. The system will also keep a record of the learning you have undertaken.
In January 2016, the UK Chief Medical Officers published new proposed guidelines on alcohol consumption including new weekly lower risk drinking guidance for adults. The e-learning modules for primary care, community pharmacy and hospital settings use the previous daily guideline and so they are out of date in that respect. The techniques, tools and information contained in these courses are still valid, except where the lower risk guideline is referred to. The decision has been taken to continue to make these modules available while work is underway to revise the content. In the meantime please see here for a quick guide for practitioners on the revised drinking guidelines.
The dental settings course uses the 2016 guidelines and is up-to-date in all respects.
Supported by the RCGP and RCP
The RCGP Substance Misuse Unit is pleased to endorse the Department of Health's Alcohol IBA e-learning module on identification and brief advice to combat alcohol-related harm. The e-module provides the background and context to the UK picture of alcohol related problems and describes the most effective means whereby individual practitioners can intervene.
The RCGP Substance misuse unit recognises the educational value of completing the module, which, when combined with the RCGP accredited workbook and face to face training, constitutes the RCGP Certificate in the management of alcohol problems in primary care.
The RCGP wishes to make it clear to learners that the Department of Health maintains the contents and delivery of the module and the RCGP is not responsible for providing user support or for the update or validation of the materials contained within it.
More information about the RCGP course