The Smokefree NHS/ Treating Tobacco Dependency Taskforce is focused on driving and supporting sustained, system-wide treatment of tobacco dependency in the North East & North Cumbria in partnership with Local Authority Tobacco Commissioners & Public Health teams. Together, the region is working towards a vision in North East & North Cumbria for every smoker to make at least one significant quit attempt per year, with Tobacco dependency being discussed by every Health Care Professional they come into contact with.
Working with regional and national partners such as Fresh, Office of Health Improvement & Disparities (OHID), Northern Cancer Alliance, ASH and Cancer Research UK, the Treating Tobacco Dependency Taskforce supports wider comprehensive tobacco control strategies to reduce adult smoking prevalence and narrow health inequalities. This work supports the national ambition for a Smokefree 2030.
Work is ongoing within the NENC tobacco programme to explore the role that NHS primary care can play in prevention and to work with wider VCSE organisations to improve health outcomes for our populations. This area of work will be a key focus for Smokefree NHS/ Treating Tobacco Dependency Taskforce in 2023/24.
If you smoke, you’re significantly more likely to quit for good with the right help and support.
- To find your local stop smoking service, click here.
- To view details of NHS Trust-based Tobacco Dependency Treatment Services, click here.
For further advice and information on quitting, visit www.freshquit.co.uk
- ASK – all patients if they smoke
- ADVISE – the best way to stop
- ACT – provide a referral or offer behavioural support and drug treatment
A free training module is available from ELearning for health or direct NCSCT e-learning
The NCSCT Training and Assessment Programme includes all of the core competences (knowledge and skills) needed by stop smoking practitioners in England to help smokers to quit. There are modules designed specifically to support those working in the maternity and mental health Tobacco Dependency Treatment pathways. Healthcare practitioners can also access topic-specific modules on NRT, vaping and second-hand smoke: https://elearning.ncsct.co.uk/england
Local face to face training delivered by iPiP has been made available to tobacco dependency advisors in 2022/23, in line with recruitment progress made by Trusts.
Further training opportunities will be made available by the TTD Taskforce on an ongoing basis. For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The NENC ICS Implementation Plan for the LTP Tobacco Dependency Treatment Services sets out the scope, governance and delivery aims of this work. For information about local NHS Trust Tobacco Dependency Treatment Service plans please contact the tobacco dependency team in the named Trust.
Visual representations of the three Tobacco Dependency Treatment pathways can be found below:
- A short briefing outlining the current SMI smoking cessation pilot can be found here
- The ADPH Vaping Position Statement can be found here
- The NENC Smokefree NHS/ Treating Tobacco Dependency Taskforce Vaping Standard ( coming soon)
- The latest NENC Smokefree NHS / Treating Tobacco Taskforce quarterly briefing can be found To be added to the circulation list, email email@example.com.
- The updated briefing paper from the NCSCT summarises the latest evidence and related practice guidance on the effectiveness of combination NRT
- The latest OHID e-cigarette review can be found here
- Making Conversations Count for All (full report and exec summary): This report examines the impact of improving GP delivery of smoking cessation interventions across socioeconomic groups, over a 20 year period.