'Genesis' - the innovative system to increase quit rates and Lost to Follow Up within the workplace groups
Lesley Colley and Andrew Wilson
Lesley Colley Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland Community Services Stop Smoking Service
Andrew Wilson Performance Analyst, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland Community Services Stop Smoking Service
As we all know the engagement with Routine & Manual (R&M) smokers is vital in reducing Health Inequalities. Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors within the workplace are ideally placed to support staff from R&M groups in stopping smoking.
With this in mind the targeting of workplaces with high levels of R&M smokers is essential but still remains a challenge. Initially within the Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland localities motivation of R&M smokers to quit was extremely low; of those within this group who made a quit attempt, quit rates were low and “Lost to follow up” was high.
With these three areas in mind we devised an innovative new system “Genesis”. This system assesses patients/client’s dependency, confidence and motivation to quit. Following the processing of data; compiled from assessment criteria and set questions, discussion takes place to see which clients are motivated enough to start a quit attempt becoming part of a workplace group. Genesis can be used electronically or manually.
To increase quit rates the “Not one puff” rule was reinforced as well as the introduction of an “Opt Out System” which immediately raised quit rates from 28% to 62% within Workplace groups.
The Opt Out System also enables a 0% LTF within the groups.
The recent developments within the Workplace Groups are groundbreaking. We feel that many Stop Smoking Services would benefit from our innovative work and we would be more than willing to share our findings to date.
Source of funding: MRCCS funding
Declaration of interest: We wish to declare that there are no know conflicts of interest within our presentation submitted to the conference.