GambleAware, the Responsible Gambling charity, has released its new framework for competency. It is for its primary care practitioners. Its new competency framework aims to provide a better quality and a higher level of care to those who are suffering from gambling harm. The new framework is endorsed by the RCGP (Royal College of GPs). The new framework’s design revolves around the concept of increasing confidence and awareness in doctor and patients like that deal with gambling harm so they can get the best treatment possible.
The New GambleAware Framework For Better Service
The primary objective of the new framework includes the providing of tiered and professional competencies to help those are affected by gambling harm. It aims to arm the practitioners with the skills and knowledge that they need to provide such service. It will provide them with training and educational programs.
Dr. Jane Rigbye, the prevention director at GambleAware, has stated that in order to succeed in preventing and helping the people experiencing harm from gambling, there has to be a joined-up approach across the care network. She believes that as commissioners, they have an essential part in ensuring that the professionals have all the needed understanding, knowledge, and tools so they can help the patients and provide support. All of that will be via the National Gambling Treatment Service.
She finished her statement by saying that the new Competency Framework’s design is based around exactly that and to help achieve it and that they welcome the great support from the RCGP in developing it. GambleAware has produced that framework through consultation with many organizations, including the Gambling Health Alliance, Primary Care Gambling Service, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The new framework follows GambleAware’s interactive map initiative that it launched last month. It aimed to identify the demand for gambling harm support and treatment.
Dr. Victoria Tzortziou-Brown, the joint honorary secretary for the RCGP, also had something to say. She added that sometimes gambling could be harmful to others, as well as the gambler. Unfortunately, these problems and issues are often hidden from sight. The new GambleAware framework aims to push these problems into the light so everyone can get the help they need.
The DCMS Approved an Increase in Licensing Fees in Great Britain
In related news from the United Kingdom Gambling Industry, the DCMS has published its response to industry consultation. That consultation was regarding an increase in the licensing fees. That includes all supplies and operators in Great Britain, and it has approved it. The DCMS held this consultation between the 29th of Jan and the 26th of Match this year. These changes were aiming to allow the regulators to be more effective in addressing regulatory challenges.
The consultation stated that the UKGC had faced three main challenges. Therefore, it proposed an increase in the fees. Such an increase includes an increase of 55% in the annual remote operating license. That increase would go into effect starting from the 1st of October.