New NHS gambling addiction services for Leeds and the North of England
4 October 2019
The new NHS Northern Gambling Service offers treatment and support to the thousands of adults struggling with gambling addiction across the North of England.
In Great Britain around 340,000 people are estimated to have a gambling problem with another two million at risk of developing one. However, fewer than three per cent of those affected currently receive treatment or support.
This new NHS service, run by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT), is the first NHS gambling service of its kind to launch outside London. Its first base in Leeds has now opened, and further bases in Manchester and Sunderland are set to open in early 2020. The service is being funded jointly by NHS England and GambleAware in an agreement worth around £1million a year.
The NHS Northern Gambling Service will provide care for those with severe addictions, and provide treatment and support for people with:
- additional and complex mental health conditions,
- impaired social functioning, and
- those who may present with more risk - such as a risk of suicide.
In Leeds, LYPFT is working with national charity GamCare to provide the Leeds Community Gambling Service. This is a unique and enhanced service providing additional prevention, education and treatment for gambling-related harm for local residents. Supported and hosted by Leeds City Council, the service in Leeds will work across a broad network of partners including the third sector and charities.