Primary Care

The Department of Health, through the former Alcohol Improvement Programme, put in place a number of initiatives to assist PCT's with taking action to reduce alcohol-related harm. These include Data and Planning, support and the sharing of learning. To see more view:

Identification and Brief Advice for Primary Care

The SIPS identification and brief advice (IBA) toolkit which includes screening, intervention and training tools can be accessed from the Identification and Brief Advice Tools section.

The DH Alcohol team have also prepared some IBA presentations utilising the IBA tools for use in Primary Care which you may access below:

Primary care commissioners and providers should read the supportive statements before using all or parts of these framework documents in any planning, commissioning, and implementation process in primary care.


Vital Signs have been developed by the Department of Health across a range of services to encourage and enable partnership working between the PCT and our partners such as the Local Authorities to deliver joint outcomes through the local area agreements (LAAs) and PCT operational plans.