Services Database Provision of Alcohol Identification, Brief Advice & Support (Knowsley Area)

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Using defined criteria, patients ‘walking in’ to a participating pharmacy will be offered screening using the AUDIT alcohol assessment tool (Alcohol Usage Disorder Identification Test, WHO 1982).

The Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) service through community pharmacies will have the following six elements:

  1. Identification
  2. Screening
  3. Brief Intervention
  4. Referral
  5. Follow up
  6. Monitoring of the service

Location of service

Halton, St Helens & Knowsley LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Alcohol screening & brief intervention

Other organisations involved


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All pharmacy staff delivering the service must have completed the e-learning IBA section available from the alcohol learning centre or must have attended a Public Health training event within the previous 2 years. Operators must be familiar with this standard operating procedure. The alcohol learning centre website address is:

A training event will be arranged by the Knowsley Public Health annually for delivery of the service.


This service is available in the Knowsley area only.