North England’s first gambling clinic set for Leeds

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Following research at the city’s university and praise for its local initiatives, Leeds City Council has put a proposal to GambleAware to fund the North’s first gambling clinic.

 

The North’s first dedicated gambling clinic may be launched in Leeds after the city’s council submitted a proposal to GambleAware for funding of a “specialist treatment service”.

The plans follow research by Leeds Beckett University, commissioned by Leeds Council, which found that circa 10,000 of the 800,000 people in the city and the 1.8 million in the urban area could be problem gamblers.

“Leeds City Council is aware that Leeds & York Partnership Foundation NHS Trust has put a proposal to GambleAware to fund a specialist treatment service for those with gambling problems,” said Dr Ian Cameron, director of public health at Leeds City Council.

“The intention is for this service to be offered to the north of England. The council would support a treatment service funded by the gambling industry that is sustainable and responsive to the growing needs of problem gamblers in Leeds.”

The report welcomed “in particular, the initiative currently under development with Leeds City Council to establish a Northern NHS Gambling Clinic that would provide treatment to cities across the region”.

Dr Alexandra Kenyon of Leeds Beckett University, who led the initial research, said: “Problem gambling is still not talked about openly,and that needs to change.

“Since our research was published, Leeds City Council has done some great work in this area, working with the gambling industry to set up a Beat the Odds campaign that includes outdoor posters, YouTube videos and social media posts aimed at raising awareness of problem gambling in Leeds and encouraging people to be more open about their gambling problems.”

A spokesperson for GambleAware added: “GambleAware is commissioning new research to better understand what treatments are most effective and where the demand for services are most needed.”


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