Optimise the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a proven treatment for opioid use disorder. It involves the licenced medical use of drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine to prevent painful opioid withdrawal symptoms and is effective in reducing the use and sourcing of illicit drugs. It helps reduce the risk of death for people who use drugs.  However, the pharmacological part of treatment is only part of the answer. Person centred care is crucial.  People may need psychological support to help manage trauma or anxiety.  People might also need advice on welfare and housing.  The new MAT standards will ensure the necessary range of support is available, wherever you live in Scotland.

To reduce harm and promote recovery the Taskforce has identified that it is a priority to get more people onto MAT, more quickly and to support them in treatment for as long as they need.

We have now launched our consultation on the ten MAT standards. The standards were launched at webinar by the Minister for Public Health Sport and Well Being this can be viewed here:


As part of the consultation there is an online survey https://surveys.publichealthscotland.scot/index.php/215544/lang/en/newtest/Y and calendar of events (please check back regularly for updates).

There are also consultation workshops being organised details of workshops on standards 1-5 are as below:

Clinicians sign up to one of our clinician-focused workshops by visiting – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/129601875699 

All other stakeholders can sign up to a workshop by visiting – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/129594734339

Details of workshops on Standards 6-10 can be downloaded here  

We are supporting partners achieve our MAT standards through a programme of quality improvement support. Learning and knowledge exchange is to be facilitated through informal networking/visits, formal workshops, presentations at conferences and national networking events. 

We also welcome examples to showcase partner and stakeholder developments such as the M.A.T. Quality Improvement initiative blogs featured here.





MAT Engagement Map

The Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programme team provides direct support to help Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) implement the ten MAT standards.

The information below shows the work that we are doing with ADPs.


The support provided is presented in 4 stages:

  • Engagement (Initial discussions and project scoping underway)
  • QI project Agreed (a QI charter submitted to the MAT team)
  • QI Project Complete (and has been written up and disseminated e.g. as a poster or blog) 
  • Consolidation (where learning is being embedded into routine services)


A summary is given by ADP and for each of the 10 standards.

The information does not show

  • ADPs progress against the standards
  • the other work that ADPs are doing


To support consistent delivery of the standards across Scotland we are also keen to share practice and learn from ADP’s existing work. If you would like to share examples of your work please contact us by email: [email protected]