PCRS has published a pragmatic guide to diagnosing and managing tobacco dependency.
It comes as the NHS Long Term Plan sets out specific action to reduce the smoking rate including supporting people to quit when they interact with NHS services.
Produced by a panel of experts, the guide sets out a practical, evidence-based framework which enables healthcare professionals to routinely identify smokers then encourage and support them to quit.
It is relevant for any health professional working with patients or clients who wants to do better in treating tobacco dependence and for policy and decision makers in the health care system responsible for improved value
Dr Noel Baxter, PCRS Executive Chair says: “Ealing Council recently voted to halt its stop smoking service at the end of March. We are conscious that the loss of local authority stop smoking services continues across the country and we are pleased that the NHS Long Term Plan expects the treatment of tobacco dependency will happen in the health sector.
“This guide will support people working in practice to deliver highly effective interventions across many care pathways. It offers guidance on delivering Very Brief Advice and treatment for tobacco dependency.”