Mersey Care has been a committed smoke free trust since October 2017, bringing us in line with National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
Mersey Care has worked towards becoming a smoke free trust in support of guidelines set down by NICE in 2013, who recommended that all NHS funded secondary care sites should become completely smoke free.
This has been supported by Public Health England (PHE), who published guidance for commissioners recommending that all medium and secure mental health units and other NHS sites progress towards providing care in completely smoke free buildings and grounds.
As a trust we have a duty to protect the health and wellbeing of all in our care and employment and banning smoking on our premises was one of the best methods to achieve that. Service users, carers and visitors are no longer able to smoke anywhere on Trust premises.
We were guided in our implementation plan by a PHE document called ‘Smokefree mental health services in England.’ There is some useful information on the effect on service users of giving up smoking on Page 48, which you can access here. They have also published a guide for hospitals, which you can access here.
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