Access, Choice, Support: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards updates

This page will be updated until March 2025, when the programme is due to come to an end.

MAT Standards implementation brief insights (July 2023)

The Improvement Support for MAT Standards Implementation programme engaged with services across Scotland to develop a series of brief insights on innovations in local service delivery. There are 21 brief insights detailing local experiences of implementation. These insights have also supported the National Benchmarking Report on Implementation of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards 2022-23.

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MAT Standards National Learning Sessions

Learning Session 3: Involvement for Improvement (21 July 2023)

We are delighted to invite you to the third session of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s MAT Standards webinar series. This session will focus on the voices of both people with lived and living experience and people working alongside thein their recovery journey. Additionally, the webinar will offer space for attendees to connect and reflect on their own implementation experiences with opportunity to collectively consider next steps for MAT Standards implementation.

Continue reading and register here: Learning Session 3: Involvement for Improvement (21 July 2023)


Learning Session 2: Access, Choice and Support (9 June 2023)

Presentations in this webinar included West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership's Addiction Service on same day access to treatment, NHS Dumfries & Galloway on a local pilot project delivering Long Acting Injectable Buprenorphine (LAIB), Healthcare Improvement Scotland on Quality Improvement (QI) and tools for spreading innovation and NHS Forth Valley with Recovery Scotland on partnership working between psychological therapies and recovery development workers.

Continue reading: Learning Session 2: Access, Choice and Support (June 2023)


Learning Session 1: Connections, Reflections and Progress (21 April 2023)

In this webinar Elena Whitham, Alcohol and Drugs Minister, shared a note of appreciation recognising the efforts made by services across Scotland to implement the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards. The webinar also shared examples of emerging practice from across Scotland with presentations from services including the Scottish Ambulance Service on their national Non-Fatal Overdose Pathway, Caithness & Sutherland Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service on assertive outreach, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s on their Wound care, Assessment of injecting risk, Naloxone and Dry blood spot testing (WAND) project and from Sustainable Interventions Supporting Change Outside (SISCO) on Multiple Pathways to Recovery.

Continue reading: Learning Session 1: Connections, Reflections and Progress (April 2023)