Addiction services - Prevention and Service Support Team (PSST)


You can call the PSST on 01294 322339.




The Prevention and Service Support Team (PSST) is responsible for the development, co-ordination, delivery and facilitation of addiction related training events throughout Ayrshire and Arran.  The team's main objective and commitment is to provide a wide range of education and training initiatives which focus on improving awareness, competence and knowledge of both those affected by substance misuse and those working in the field.

All our training courses are offered free of charge. 

Training Calendar

The training team currently provides a structured Training Calendar with a portfolio of nine one day courses and four half day courses. These courses are constantly evolving and adapting to enhance knowledge and skills in the emerging issues within the addiction field.

The courses are open to all services, organisations and members of the community within Ayrshire and Arran. They are provided free of charge, although there are charges for non attendance or late cancellation.  

The annual training calendar is the core business of the PSST, however there are many other functions and strands of the team: 

The team are also actively involved in a number of working groups and partnerships across Ayrshire, including the Area Drug Partnerships (ADPs) and the Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Managed Care Network.  These involve participation in regular meetings, development sessions, planning events and the provision of training and prevention activities to support the local and national agreed strategies.


                             Skills for Health Quality Mark Award

In 2013, the PSST received the prestigious Skills for Health Quality Mark for our Alcohol and Substance Awareness and Prevention training after completing an intensive assessment process. 

This means that the PSST is one of only ten leading training and education providers in the UK that have been successful in receiving the quality mark. The main purpose of the Skills for Health Quality Mark is to:

  •  make sure that providers of training and specific learning / training courses have met the high standards expected by healthcare employers;
  • assure that the staff delivering training have the right knowledge and skills and maintain these through continued professional development; and
  • give health employers greater confidence when investing in workforce development and make it easier to identify and select appropriate course and providers of training.