East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
H5. Smoking Cessation/Respiratory Health
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 25 October, 2012
The Health and Wellbeing Department has up-skilled one of our Occupational Health Nurse Advisers to become a level 2 trained Smoking Cessation practitioner and is now able to offer a dedicated service through confidential 1:1 appointments to those staff wishing to stop smoking. This advisory and supportive service is available Trust wide at various locations each week. The Trust has joined forces with local Smoking Cessation advisors county-wide to ensure that support is easily accessible across our wide geographical area (7,500 sq miles). The Trust offered level 1 smoking cessation training to staff who wished to volunteer with the aim being to develop a network of smoking cessation support for our staff. Regular health promotion materials about smoking cessation are distributed to all staff, via our intranet, posters and payslip attachments. Regular communications are also issued, e.g. in our staff bulletins.The Trust and its Board are committed to promoting a smoke free environment. All Trust premises and grounds are declared as non-smoking areas. The Trust has a No Smoking Policy which informs staff that non-smoking is the expected standard for employees on Trust premises. The Trust promotes the known risks to peoples health from smoking and incorporates actions within its the Health and Wellbeing Programme to develop and encourage a healthier lifestyle for all its employees. It is the Trusts aim to:- Support employees to stop smoking;- Encourage employees to get involved in health promotion initiatives;- Set a good example to the public and enhance the image of the Trust through the positive actions of employees;- Demonstrate adherence to the NHS-wide No Smoking principle;- Adhere to National No Smoking in line with Health Act 2006.