Innovation in delivery using mobile go anywhere clinics 7 days per week
Leena Sankla Project Director, Solutions 4 Health, Reading
This poster presentation will outline an innovative approach to delivering stop smoking services, by using a ‘mobile stop smoking clinic’, to be able to provide a mobile, community-based, go anywhere service! This services has been rolled out across the West Midlands, Croydon, Lambeth, Portsmouth and Buckinghamshire and has been successful in targeting areas of highest smoking prevalence, disadvantaged areas, council estates and industrial areas with routine and manual workers by actually taking the service to their ‘door step’.
Based on the success of this initial service we are now also using a fleet of small smart cars as a nimble way of getting access to users and delivering a service to them.
Methods/ Description: in order to deliver a service in the heart of the community, particularly for hard to reach groups such as Routine & manual workers, socially deprived areas, ethnic communities and young people, a large mobile vehicle was commissioned with two consultation areas, disability ramp etc. This vehicle was then driven into key areas and a full service was provided to individuals physically inside the vehicle itself, 7 days per week including early morning (5am) and evenings.
Results/Outcomes: Over a 24 month period, over 3,000 people successfully quit smoking. These people may not have accessed traditional services.
Conclusions /Lessons Learnt: By taking the service to service users actually works. This innovative way of delivering a service encouraged people from hard to reach groups to join and successfully quit.
Leena Sankla is a Public Health consultant and has overall responsibility for a number smoking cessation and chronic disease self-management projects, being rolled out across England that are commissioned by PCT’s. Her particular expertise is in reaching hard to reach groups, specifically Black Minority & Ethnic (BME) groups, socially deprived groups and routine and manual workers. She has a long-standing knowledge of smoking and tobacco control, including shisha use and tobacco chewing and delivers these courses to healthcare professionals.
She has worked closely with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and is a Master Trainer on Chronic Disease Self Management & Diabetes Self Management from Stanford University.