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IBA Commissioning Toolkit

1 February, 2016

The Health Innovation Network has produced an Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) toolkit to promote the commissioning of alcohol brief interventions.

It brings together in one place evidenced based resources, as well as guidance and case studies to help commissioners to commission effectively.

The free toolkit aims to support commissioners in a number of ways. For example, it provides:

  • Information on a number of different settings in which IBA can be commissioned, including a whole system approach which maximises funding to reach as many people as possible in your population.
  • Suggestions for indicators that commissioners can use to monitor the quality of their current local services and identify improvements that can be made.
  • Case studies and examples of good practice are used throughout the toolkit
  • A sample contract that may be used to commission an IBA service is also presented in the toolkit.

Professor Paul Wallace, Chair of the London Alcohol Misuse Prevention Project said, “There is a detailed section on ‘How to commission to improve the quality of IBA delivery’ which outlines issues regarding quality planning, quality control and quality improvement. A framework is presented which places service providers in the middle so that commissioning for quality is improved. I strongly commend it to you as a very useful resource.”

James Morris, Director of the Alcohol Academy and Alcohol Commissioning Manager in Lambeth, South London, said “The toolkit is also a resource for commissioning IBA training. Training is a very important part of IBA commissioning in ensuring that providers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to have conversations on risky drinking.”

The Health Innovation Network’s Alcohol team would welcome your feedback on the content of the toolkit; which sections were most and least useful and any suggested improvements. A downloadable feedback form can be found on the final page of the toolkit. Alternatively, comments can be sent directly to Senior Project Manager, Rod Watson via Please write “IBA Toolkit Feedback” in the subject heading of your email. 

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