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Coventry and Warwickshire mental health and smoking training project
Dawn Powers, Specialist Smoking Cessation Advisor, Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service, UK and Mohammed Patel, Specialist Smoking Cessation Advisor, Coventry Stop Smoking Service, Coventry, UK


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Dawn Powers

Mohammed Patel

The aim of this project was to deliver training to NHS and non-statutory mental health workers to enable them to either raise the issue of smoking with clients effectively and signpost to stop smoking services, or to deliver intensive stop smoking interventions.
The project was developed within a partnership that involved two separate, neighbouring stop smoking services and the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust. We also worked with various voluntary mental health partners within the project. The presentation will outline how a new approach to smoking cessation in Mental Health settings was developed. It will include details of needs assessment with both staff and patients, and the development and delivery of training for Mental Health Staff both in the voluntary and statutory sector. Feedback from these training sessions will also be shared. We will discuss how we changed the way we looked at how we measure success within Mental Health settings which led to the development of a new monitoring tool. We will outline the challenges faced, the outcomes and successes, and share key learning and recommendations for anyone thinking of developing similar activity within Mental Health.


About the presenters
Dawn Powers is a Specialist Smoking Cessation Advisor with Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service. She previously spent 18 years in management, training and consultancy roles in Royal Mail before becoming a qualified Counsellor and joining the Stop Smoking Service six years ago. Her current role includes developing and delivering training for health professionals as well as managing performance at 17 GP practices and 13 Pharmacies and supporting Community based advisors. Since April 2008 she has also been directly involved in the development and delivery of a new approach for helping patients positively change their smoking behaviour within Mental Health settings.

Mohammed Patel is a Stop Smoking Specialist Advisor and has been working for the Coventry Stop Smoking Service since 2002. He has experience of working with a number of different hard to reach groups and has developed stop smoking services for homeless people, asylum seekers, refugees, BME communities and is currently involved in a training project to improve people with learning disabilities to access stop smoking service.


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