Support 4 Health Professionals

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) has recommended ceasing all face-to-face stop smoking service appointments and providing behavioural support via telephone or remote systems. NCSCT is looking to develop resources to support this you can view NCSCT’s current recommendations here:

  1. CO Monitoring
    NHS England is recommending suspending use of CO monitors with pregnant women until the spread to COVID-19 is reduced.

This is in line with recommendations from the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) that all CO monitoring is suspended. 

  1. E-cigarette use
    There has been some suggestion in the media that e-cigarette use could increase risks from COVID-19. There is no clear evidence for this suggestion, and while we know smoking is a definite risk factor, we would continue to encourage smokers to think about switching to e-cigarettes to reduce their risk of respiratory infections.

ASH has been collaborating with partners to promote the message #QuitForCovid, and has published: 

 Fresh has produced two videos explaining the risks related to smoking and COVID-19 and sharing messages around encouraging smokers to quit: 

We are expecting further guidance on COVID-19 and smoking from Public Health England soon and will share any updates as soon as they become available.


The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) was established to support the delivery of effective evidence-based tobacco control programmes and smoking cessation interventions provided by local stop smoking services. The NCSCT offers a range of resources which are available online including training, training resources, clinical tools, information on stop smoking medications, briefings on e-cigarettes and much more . Click here to find out more.

All staff involved in delivery of intensive smoking cessation support must have received training to national standards for smoking cessation training. This is achieved through completing the NCSCT Online Training and Assessment programme for stop smoking practitioners as well as attending a one day face to face training commissioned by Public Health Warwickshire.

How to access the NCSCT Stop Smoking Practitioner Training.

We also recommend colleagues complete the NCSCT training module on very brief advice on smoking (VBA), you can access the module here.

Refresher Training

Stop smoking practitioners have to refresh their training every 2 years as per the specification.

They can do this by completing the NCSCT Online Training and Assessment programme for stop smoking practitioners (especially for those staff who originally attended the 2 day face to face training course)

How to access the NCSCT Stop Smoking Practitioner Training.

Alternatively, practitioners may also attend a one day face to face training course to refresh their skills.

Upcoming training dates

Pound Lane Learning Centre, Pound Lane, Lillington, Leamington Spa CV32 7RT:

Tuesday 21st April 2020 (FULLY BOOKED)

Monday 14th September 2020 (booking closes 7th September)

Monday 18th January 2021 (booking closes 11th January 2021)

9:30 – 4:30

Lunch and refreshments provided

Any training enquiries, please contact or tel 01926 745142

E-cigarettes: a guide for healthcare professionals

This course covers the safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes, types of device and issues for e-cigarette users to consider. It looks specifically at the role of e-cigarettes for young people and pregnant women who smoke, and answers frequently asked questions. The course aims to provide health professionals with the knowledge, and clinical guidance, to ensure that the advice that they give to smokers is evidence-based and effective.

You can access the course via the NCSCT website or directly here

The launch of the course coincides with the publication of the latest (February 2018) evidence review by Public Health England.  The full report can be downloaded from the online course and the executive summary is here

New pragmatic guide: Treating tobacco dependence in primary care

Primary Care Respiratory Society has produced a new guide to treating tobacco dependence in primary care:

This pragmatic guide is a practical, immediately implementable, evidence-based framework to enable healthcare professionals to routinely identify smokers, encourage a quit attempt and support that quit attempt within the real-world context of their own professional sphere.

CO Monitoring Information 

CO Monitors and mouthpieces are available free of charge to commissioned Stop Smoking Providers.  To order phone 01926 413751 or email If your monitor is faulty then please contact the helpdesk through their website and click on Open New Ticket. Please provide as much detail as possible so they can best assist you. To update a previously submitted ticket, please use the form to the right.

Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service 

The Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service can offer one to one support to pregnant smokers along with their partners and family members. Text or call the Stop Smoking in Pregnancy helpline number on 07917 227 004.

Pregnant smokers can phone the NHS Pregnancy Helpline free on 0300 123 1044.  Opening hours are 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, offering confidential counselling for pregnant smokers who want to stop.

Consent to treatment

This is a consent for treatment for stop smoking in pregnancy service users only. Normally we would show the client this at the consultation, however due to coronavirus this will now be sent digitally for review prior to the first appointment with a stop smoking advisor.

Consent to treatment form


NHS Smokefree app

The NHS Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by providing daily support and motivation. If you stay smokefree for the 4-week programme you’re up to five times more likely to stay quit for good.

Join the thousands who have already quit with our support.

itunes-app-store-logogoogle-app-store-logoThere’s lots of other free support on offer – from emails, SMS and texts – so you can choose the support that’s right for you.

General Resources

Stop smoking resources for patients and clients can be ordered direct from the British Heart Foundation.

Quit4good bags and posters to promote your service are available from Public Health Warwickshire. To order phone 01926 413 751 or email

Click the links below to access the documents for information

Quit4Good Service Information Leaflet

PPC Info Pre Payment information on prescription pre-payment certificate

Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service Guidelines

Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigs) / Vapourisers – A Guide for Stop Smoking Advisors
Certificate for Successful Quitters
Smokefree Formula Book – Flyer and prescription
The Impact of Smoking
Deaths Caused by Smoking Poster

Guidance for GP Practices

Click on the following link for access to Outcomes4health to record your smoking activity –

Guidance for completing Outcomes4Health 

Guidance for Pharmacies

Click the links below to access the documents for information

Best Practice Guidelines from Kasli Pharmacy

Access PharmOutcomes to record your smoking activity

Guidance for completing PharmOutcomes


Information Sheets for you to print and give to clients :

Factsheet 1 : Pipes, Cigars & Roll-Ups

Factsheet 2 : Shisha Smoking

Factsheet 3 : Chemicals in Tobacco Smoke

Factsheet 4 : Smoking & Blindness

Factsheet 5 : Carbon Monoxide & Smoking

Factsheet 6 : Hypnotherapy & Acupuncture

Factsheet 7 : Herbal Cigarettes

Factsheet 8 : Physical Activity

Factsheet 9 : Cannabis Smoking

Factsheet 10 : Myths & Facts on Smoking & Pregnancy

Factsheet 11 : Relapse Prevention

Factsheet 12 : E-Cigarettes

Factsheet 13 : Smoking & Stress

Factsheet 14 : Oral Health

Factsheet 15 : E-Cigarettes – Helping A Client Quit

Factsheet 16 : Not Sure If You Want To Quit4Good?

Factsheet 17 : Preparing To Quit

Factsheet 18 : Smokefree Formula

Factsheet 19 : Stop Smoking Without Gaining Weight

Factsheet 20 : E-Cigs & Pregnancy

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