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We provide the following Stop Smoking Courses:

Very Brief Advice

This session is suitable for everyone who works in Newcastle. Length of this session can be between 30 minutes to an hour and can take place in your workplace.

Course content
Designed to be easily accessible and to disseminate knowledge around smoking cessation and to promote awareness and understanding of referral pathways and processes into services.

 

Brief Advice

This is a free half day course suitable for everyone who engages with smokers and their families, to give advice and empower them to make informed choices, and to refer them on to Newcastle Stop Smoking + Service where necessary.

It may be possible to arrange a Brief Advice session in your workplace.

Course Content
The course will give you an understanding of treatment options available and how to use suitable resources to make a referral and to support a successful quit attempt.
The participants will be able to recognise the different levels of stop smoking intervention and the impact of smoking on public health. Through group discussion with specialist guidance you will analyse and explore the group’s views on smoking. This will include discussion on the common health conditions associated with smoking. You will be able to describe the long and short term benefits of stopping smoking and broadly assess a client’s readiness to quit.
You will also be able to refer any smokers, wishing to access help to stop smoking, to Newcastle Stop Smoking + Service.

Smoking in Pregnancy Training

This is a free 1.5 hour course suitable for everyone who engages with pregnant smokers and their families in Newcastle. To give advice and empower them to make informed choices, and to refer them on to Newcastle Stop Smoking + Service where necessary.

Course Content
The course will give enable participants to identify and refer pregnant smokers. To competently provide stop smoking brief advice to all pregnant women. The participants will have an understanding of the impact on foetal and child health of smoking in pregnancy. They will be given an overview of the support available to pregnant smokers. The knowledge and skills to deliver brief advice, the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy and the ambition to reduce that prevalence.
Participants will also be able to refer any pregnant smokers and their families, wishing to access help to stop smoking, to Newcastle Stop Smoking + Service.

Intermediate Advisor Training

This is a free course – 11-13 hours study comprising of 1 training day with a 3 hour follow up session and additional time shadowing a Specialist Advis0r (up to 2 hours). The final 3 hours follow up is to be completed within 6 months of the initial Intermediate training.
The course is suitable for staff who are able to provide stop smoking interventions to the residents of Newcastle upon Tyne

Career and Progression Opportunities
When trained at this level you will be aware of how to provide one-to-one stop smoking support and advice to intermediate level. Set up clinics, arrange for the supply of suitable stop smoking treatment drugs to clients at prescription cost, and submit data which is then made available to the Department of Health and the Commissioners of the Service

Entry Requirements
The course is open to staff who are able to provide the full Intermediate Treatment Programme and submit monitoring data.
It is recommended that those who attend Intermediate Training are non-smokers.

Course Content

You will be introduced to the Intermediate Stop Smoking Treatment Programme, including:

  • Current NHS smoking cessation medication, its uses and side effects.
  • Utilisation and development of your own communication skills to promote a commitment from the client and empower them to maximise self-regulation.
  • Correct use of monitoring documents.
  • Use of a Carbon Monoxide monitor as a motivational tool.

Learning Techniques and Assessment
Pre-course work, formal teaching, interactive discussion, observation, and shadowing opportunities.

Yearly Update for Intermediate Advisers

Yearly update must be attended in order to continue as an Intermediate Advisor.
This is a free 2 hour course which will provide information on changes in Department of Health recommendations regarding smoking cessation, changes in available drugs, or in paperwork and procedures. It is an opportunity to discuss successes, problems and innovations with your colleagues.
Please bring CO Monitor to yearly update to be checked and calibrated.

Career and Progression Opportunities
This course enables you to continue to practice as an Intermediate Stop Smoking Advisor in Newcastle upon Tyne provided you are submitting the required amount of data.

Entry Requirements
Completion at Intermediate Training and evidence of Intermediate Advisor activity within your current role.

Course Content

  • An update of any key issues in local and national stop smoking policy and guidance.
  • A review of the full 12 week Intermediate Treatment Programme including current theories around treatment and addiction, relapse prevention and general behavioural support.
  • An overview of current NHS treatment options and any new developments.
  • Problem solving exercises to enable participants to share their own experiences and practice knowledge.

Learning Techniques and Assessment
Formal teaching and interactive discussion.

Supported Pharmacotherapy (Pharmacy Specific) Training

This is a free course to all pharmacy staff working in Newcastle, lasting 3 hours.
Tailored for pharmacy staff delivering brief inventions alongside pharmacotherapy, eg NRT / Varenicline.

Career and Progression Opportunities
When trained at this level you will be aware of how to provide one-to-one stop smoking support. Arrange for the supply of suitable stop smoking treatment drugs to clients at prescription cost, and submit data which is then made available to the Department of Health and the Commissioners of the Service.

Entry Requirements
The course is open to Pharmacy staff who work in Newcastle.
It is recommended that those who attend Intermediate Training are non-smokers.

Course Content
You will be introduced to the Stop Smoking Treatment Programme, including:

  • Current NHS smoking cessation medication, it’s uses and side effects.
  • Correct use of monitoring documents.
  • Use of a Carbon Monoxide monitor as a motivational tool.

Learning Techniques and Assessment
Formal teaching, interactive discussion, observation, and shadowing opportunities.

You can apply to attend one of these courses by calling the stop smoking service on 0191 269 1103.

All applications are accepted at the discretion of the Stop Smoking Service Manager.

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