– The aim of this paper is to describe the development and functions of local and regional networks for professionals working with dual diagnosis in the north of England.
– The paper is a descriptive account of local and regional networks in the north of England – their development, their function and future plans.
– Local and regional networks are important in helping people share resources and ideas as well as gaining mutual support in what can be very stressful roles. However, there is a danger in a climate of financial constraints that network activities may be lost.
– This paper focuses on the importance of collegiate networks of professionals and service user representatives and offers a perspective from the north of England.