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H5. Smoking Cessation/Respiratory Health
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 29 May, 2014
Please describe how you have encourged your staff to stop smoking and reduced other risks in the workplace to respiratory health over the last year. There is a 2000 character limit when completing this section.
The Trusts comprehensive Smoke Free Policy aims to stop patients, visitors and staff from smoking on site. This is reviewed regularly and commits to providing all employees who wish to stop smoking support, to give up during working hours. This extends to the use of electronic cigarettes and supports recent NHS and NICE guidance which was published on 27th November 2013. The Trust pledges to ensure this policy is kept up to date and is promoted during 2014.
Staff can receive support either via the Specialist Stop Smoking Service, Occupational Health or the Chest Clinic. Where they can chose to have individual appointments to discuss their treatment and symptoms (including respiratory problems) with advisors who are in the ideal position to signpost staff, for further help and support particularly around respiratory health. One to one support is offered on a weekly or fortnightly basis to employees wishing to stop smoking. Four of the Specialist Service Intermediate advisors are nurse prescribers which enables employees to be issued with a prescription without the need to go to their GP for Nicotine Replacement Therapy. All those attending have a CO2 reading at each consultation and complete a questionnaire and monitoring form - this data is included in national data after four weeks.
Staff can access on site clinics in a number of locations across the trust. They can follow the internal links to access a list of sessions they can attend across the Trust within working hours. Alternatively they may chose sessions across Newcastle and they are able to access this via the following regularly updated link;
The service provides information leaflets and staff are able to contact the service for advice by phone 0191 2292911 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of April 2014 the service is only offered in Newcastle instead of Newcastle and North Tyneside.
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