Gambling industry charity GambleAware has announced a partnership with the NHS to commission a new gambling addiction facility in Leeds.
The new clinic is due to open in April 2019, and will be run under a partnership between the GamCare network and the local NHS Foundation Trust, with the aim of boosting gambling-harm prevention as well as addiction research and treatment services in the north of England.
Announcing the partnership earlier this week, GambleAware confirmed that they will be helping to fund the clinic with £1 million annually. The Chief Executive of GambleAware, Marc Etches, said that the new facility would further the aim of the organisation to help prevent gambling problems and to ensure that those addicted to gambling can get timely and effectively help.
Etches also suggested that he is looking into the possibility of opening other similar sites across the UK, if the organisation’s resources make this possible.
In addition to funding the clinic, the GamCare network will create a Problem Gambling Support Team to work in the area identifying and supporting those at risk from problem gambling, as well as helping to develop training programmes that can help healthcare and other organisations in the north of England, including local authority staff and youth workers, to spot problem gambling.
The clinic in Leeds will be headed by Matt Gaskell, a senior NHS Psychologist. Commenting on the announcement, he pointed out that those with gambling problems often needed assistance in a range of areas, including mental health, and that the clinic would have a significant impact:
I have been campaigning for many years to set up a clinical service to help those affected by serious gambling disorder. I’m looking forward to getting this service up and running so we can start turning lives around.”
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