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Fresh Air-shire - an integrated smoking prevention and cessation service
Evidence from Glasgow University has shown that to have an impact on smoking rates, in addition to focus efforts on cessation activity, we also require to implement tobacco prevention programmes. Otherwise, the number of 'new recruits' to smoking will continue to rise.
A variety of national policy documents such as 'A Breath of Fresh Air for Scotland' and the 'Smoking Cessation Guidelines for Scotland' also further highlight the evidence for the development of local services.
Within NHS Ayrshire and Arran, a new integrated prevention and cessation service was launched on 14th February 2006.
The service supports the development and delivery of prevention and specialist smoking cessation support within a variety of settings;
· Further education establishments
· Local prison
Work is co-ordinated by a Tobacco Network Co-ordinator, and a Smoking Cessation Co-ordinator.
Tobacco prevention activity (such as prevention programmes within schools and campaign development and implementation) is implemented by a team of Tobacco Prevention Officers covering the three Community Health Partnership areas of NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
Specialist Smoking Cessation Support, in the form of group or 1-1 support (including access to NRT), is delivered by a team of Specialist Smoking Cessation Advisors. The Advisors cover the three Community Health Partnership areas of NHS Ayrshire and Arran and also the Islands, Workplaces, Hospital and Prison.
Clare graduated with a BA HONS Nursing Studies from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2001 and undertook her dissertation on Smoking Cessation in Post-MI patients. She then went on to study for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Health Education and Health Promotion, at the University of Strathclyde.
Clare has worked with NHS Ayrshire and Arran in the Health Promotion Team for the past four years, with remits including Health Promotion Officer for Tobacco, Cancer and more recently East Ayrshire locality.
She has recently been appointed as the Smoking Cessation Co-ordinator for a new Integrated Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Service. This role provides the opportunity to ensure accessible support is available for those who want to stop smoking through a variety of approaches- individual or group support, telephone support and a website is currently under development.
In her spare time, Clare enjoys walking, reading and decorating.
I qualified as a nurse with a Diploma of Higher Education Nursing in 1998; post qualifying, I gained experience in areas such as acute stroke care, care of the elderly and drug rehabilitation. More recently, I worked as a specialist telephone advisor providing information, advice and support regarding drugs, alcohol and sexual health via telephone, email and web chat facilities.
As a specialist smoking cessation advisor, I deliver targeted support in a range of settings, utilising best practice in a variety of approaches including brief intervention, one to one and group support to increase the number of people who attempt to stop smoking, and the number who go on to permanently stop.
I am committed to ongoing personal and professional development, and currently studying towards a BCAP accredited diploma in counselling.
Author 1: Clare Black
Smoking Cessation Co-ordinator
Health Promotion Team, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Boswell House, 10 Arthur Street,
Author 2: Susan Millar