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Update on Improving access to stop smoking services for people with mental health problems
Sue O'Brien and Wendy Kite
We would like to submit a poster presentation to update the poster we submitted to the 1st UK National Smoking Cessation Conference in June 2005 entitled "Improving access to Stop Smoking Services for people with mental health problems".
Update on 2005 Poster
West Surrey Health Promotion Service is currently conducting a formal evaluation of the West Surrey Stop Smoking Service work on "Improving the support for people with mental health problems to quit smoking in West Surrey". Preliminary findings should be available in June 2006.
Since the presentation of the last poster, the West Surrey Stop Smoking Service has worked with a local organisation, "Aspirations", whose role is to support mental health service users offering education and employment advice. This organisation was chosen as:
1. Service users were rehabilitating
2. As a result of attending weekly client meetings a stop smoking group was requested and formed
Several problems were associated with facilitating this group, including the following:
. Chaotic attendance due to work-related commitments and accommodation moves
. Variable quite dates, due to difficulty obtaining NRT and other medication issues
. High incidence of "weekend relapses" due to low level of support at weekends
As a result, the West Surrey Stop Smoking Service has concluded that while choice has to be offered, the most effective support for mental health service users is one to one support from specialist trained mental health smoking cessation specialists working to a strict protocol. Our Service has been experiencing success with this approach, which will be highlighted in the poster presentation.
Sue O'Brien, Smoking Cessation Specialist with special responsibility within West Surrey Stop Smoking Service for Mental Health Smoking Cessation Support, Prisons & Ethnic Minorities
Wendy Kite, Smoking Cessation Specialist with special responsibility within West Surrey Stop Smoking Service for delivering training including specialist Mental Health Smoking Cessation Training & Community liaison with pharmacists and dentists
Author 1: Sue O'Brien
Smoking Cessation Specialist
West Surrey Stop Smoking Service
60 Stoughton Road
Author 2: Wendy Kite