GambleAware is today announcing the launch of the new NHS Northern Gambling Service, which will offer treatment and support to those who struggle with gambling addiction across the North of England.
The service is being jointly funded by NHS England and GambleAware, in an agreement worth around £1million a year. The service will be run by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) and is the first NHS gambling service of its kind to launch outside London.
The first base for service has already opened in Leeds, which is being run in partnership with local GamCare providers, and further bases in Manchester and Sunderland are set to open in early 2020.
Talking about the new service, Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware said:
“Our aim is to prevent people getting into problems with their gambling, all the while making sure that those who do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support. These new services will play a vital role in making sure those with more serious and complex needs linked to gambling will have quick access to free, fast and effective treatment, wherever they may be. We very much look forward to seeing this clinic open and we would welcome the opportunity to potentially replicate this approach in other areas of the UK in the future.”