Mersey Care is supporting the national campaign for Stoptober starting today (1 October), which aims to help smokers give up for 28 days in the hope they will quit for good.
The Trust’s support for the campaign follows the decision to follow guidelines laid down by National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) that all NHS Trusts should be smoke free, including patients, carers and staff.
As an organisation we took the decision to go smoke free several years ago and have now implemented initiatives to help those struggling to quit by offering support and advice to service users and staff who haven’t succeeded yet in stopping smoking.
One of the more successful initiatives we have introduced involves specialised members of staff going around the 16 wards of their allocated inpatient areas – at Broadoak, Clock View Hospital, Mossley Hill Hospital, Park Unit, Hope Centre Rathbone and Windsor House – identifying anyone who needs help giving up smoking.
The three-person team, comprising Cheryl Rigby, Charlotte Culley and Nigel Wright and led by Linda Roberts, are all trained up to Level 2 National Smoke Cessation standards.
Pictured above: Charlotte Culley (left) and Cheryl Rigby show some of the aids they use to help service users and staff quit tobacco.
Charlotte said: “At first staff and patients were a little suspicious of us but now patients in particular are very competitive with each other – patients and staff are now challenging themselves.”
That initial suspicion has now been replaced by a recognition that the team are helping people with advice on stop smoking strategies, icotine replacement therapy and advice on e-cigarretes, which are regarded as less harmful.
When we go out onto the wards and to see people, they now let us know how they are doing and we can help them through the difficult periods,” added Cheryl.
The initiative, which began in April and also provides support for alcohol, has also exceeded all targets set by the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQIN) (see below) over the first quarter of the initiative.
Preventing Ill Health by Risky Behaviours CQUIN Quarter 1 Data – Local Division