This is an exciting time for the NHS. In line with the Long-Term Plan, by 2024 tobacco dependency treatment services will be available for all patients admitted to secondary care, maternity, and mental health settings.
The Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership have marked their dedication to this programme by signing The NHS Smokefree Pledge, committing to treating tobacco dependence and providing wider system support to reduce tobacco use.
Each Trust will employ specialist teams offering highly effective and evidence-based treatments to patients upon admission, to help people manage their nicotine use whilst in hospital and offer everyone the opportunity to make a supported quit.
In addition to this, across the Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, funding has been obtained for a pilot scheme to offer an enhanced stop smoking service for staff which will be launched in June. This will help those who smoke tobacco to manage their dependency at work and help to move towards a truly Smokefree NHS.
In recognising that this isn’t about the NHS telling patients or staff not to smoke, rather offering support to all, the programme sits under the brand of ‘Quit Together’. We are delighted to confirm this offer will be available in some trusts as early as June 2022 and be rolled out through the whole of the partnership by 2024.
Fortunately, there is no need to wait. If you want to get started now and complete your journey to being Smokefree, then get in touch with your local stop smoking service today to get the support you deserve.