Smoking Cessation Services Project

Throughout the NE and Cumbria AHSN area provision of ‘stop smoking services’ is varied. There is some fantastic work and projects being developed and implemented that will make a real difference in supporting patients to stop smoking and this will significantly improve the overall health of these individuals and reduce resource use within the NHS.

There are also considerable challenges faced by local authorities with ever decreasing Public Health budgets. ‘Stop Smoking Services’ are unfortunately not mandatory and nationally some authorities are even considering not providing a service at all.

Individual service providers will face similar financial pressures and implementation challenges and will meet these challenges in different ways.

The AHSN NENC, in collaboration with Fresh NE are looking at ways support service providers across the area, sharing best practice to help overcome the challenges.

The AHSN NENC is part of a national network of 15 AHSNs that have been set up across the country by the Department of Health to identify, adopt and disseminate innovative healthcare in the NHS. Our role is to facilitate partnership working, bringing together NHS commissioners and providers, academia and industry.  Our role in this project is simply to facilitate conversations and coordinate continuing dialogue on agreed actions.

Smoking Cessation Meeting Presentations

Stop Before Your Op – Angela Bandeira, Judith Stonebridge, Gbenga Afolabi

An overview of North East Stop Smoking Services & how they relate to Secondary Care – Martyn Willmore

Call to action: Stop Smoking Services in Newcastle – Lynda Seery