Experiences of a smoking cessation group in a mental health secure unit
Stephen Hall Smoking Cessation Advisor, Quit 51, Burton on Trent
On 1st March 2016 a local mental health secure unit went smokefree. Shortly before that date they contacted Quit 51 the provider of smoking cessation to assist the patients and staff in dealing with this huge change. There were 12 patients aged between 18 and 66 yrs most of whom smoked. It was feared that there could be all manner of problems when the patients were denied tobacco. However with thorough preliminary work by staff at the unit and regular intervention by the smoking cessation service all went smoothly and without incident.
All the patients who engaged with our service have quit and several are already 4 week validated. I will show what has been learned from this experience and highlight the key points that I feel could help other organisations as more and more mental health settings go smokefree.
Stephen Hall is a smoking cessation advisor working for Quit 51 in Lincolnshire. Prior to Quit 51 taking over smoking cessation provision in Lincolnshire Stephen worked for the previous provider Phoenix for 8 years. Before that he had spent 2 years working for Lincolnshire Smokefree Homes service. Stephen has run clinics in Lincoln County and John Coupland hospitals, community settings and workplaces from BT to Butlins.
Source of funding: Quit 51 is the commissioned smoking cessation provider for Lincolnshire and is commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council.