Smokefree Champions

Reducing the number of people Smoking and creating a Smokefree NHS is one of the key priority areas in relation to securing NHS sustainability.  Smoking is the UK’s no 1 Killer and is the leading cause of health inequalities.  The estimated smoking-related cost to the NHS in 2015 was £2.6 Billion with 1 in 4 patients admitted to Hospital Smokers.  Creating a Smokefree Trust and treating Tobacco Dependence will bring significant cost savings to Trusts.

South Tees Trust have pledged to go completely Smokefree by 31st March 2019 and fully implement NICE guidance ahead of the government’s deadline date.  To do this South Tees Trust aims to recruit around 40 Smokefree Champions who will liaise with the Smokefree Coordinator and cascade information in relation to the South Tees Trust Smokefree Strategy, and be the local expert advocate on Smoking cessation.

Champion Training

These sessions have been designed to train Smokefree Champions across South Tees Foundation Trust in line with the role out of South Tees Smokefree Trust.  The session will look to explain why it is the responsibility of all health professionals in Hospital Settings to treat tobacco dependence as standard and to embed it into routine care.  Smokefree Champions will have a clear understanding of the actions required as a Smokefree Trust and CQUIN.  Smokefree Champions will support their locality to provide Very Brief Advice to Smokers admitted to wards and offer Stop Smoking Medications as appropriate.  They will also be confident in using all the resources available including the South Tees Smokefree Virtual Toolkit and will be confident in sharing this knowledge with their colleagues.

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