South Tyneside's harm reduction service, which provides support to people affected by addiction, has been praised following a recent inspection.
NECA, a regional charity commissioned by South Tyneside Council to support people with addictions to minimise the risks associated with using harmful substances, was recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission.
The service based in Fowler Street, South Shields, which supports people through treatment and recovery to help improve their overall health received an 'overwhelmingly positive' report.
Cllr Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, welcomed the findings of the inspection which praised the service for its effective links with other healthcare professionals to support the wider needs of its clients.
She said: "It's good news that the harm reduction service provided by NECA has received such a positive rating by the Care Quality Commission.
"It provides vital services to support people who are in recovery. One of our main priorities is to ensure that clients are given the support they need to overcome their addictions and embark on a rehabilitation programme that will improve their health and wellbeing. This work is proving successful in South Tyneside and the positive rating is testament to that."
The report also praised the service for being safe and effective and recognised that staff were caring towards clients and have specialist training in the delivery of brief health interventions.
NECA works as part of the South Tyneside treatment system along with commissioned organisations including Barnardo's, First Contact Clinical and Turning Point.