There are a national advanced service, a local service and a local pilot service for smoking cessation. For information on the local and pilot services, please follow these links.
To provide the service pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must have:
- Read and understood the operational processes to provide the SCS as described in the service specification;
- Successfully completed the following National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) courses and satisfactorily passed the assessments (where applicable):
- Stop Smoking Practitioner training and certification;
- Mental health and smoking cessation course;
- Pregnancy and smoking cessation course; and
- E-cigarettes: a guide for healthcare professionals course.
- Have read the NCSCT Standard Treatment Programme (STP), which will be used to support consultations.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians should also be aware of the availability of locally commissioned services and national support helplines/ groups; the Better Health quit smoking page includes information on getting daily email support, online communities and information on the National Smokefree Helpline.
Additional optional training
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians wanting to undertake further training on smoking cessation can do so on an optional basis to support their own continuing professional development (CPD).
The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education has additional learning and links to further reading, which pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other members of the team could consider accessing (please note, this is not a mandatory requirement for the service).
Pharmacy team training
Although the service must be provided by a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, it is important that the wider pharmacy team are aware of the SCS and how it will operate.
For more information, resources and the service specification, please follow the links below:
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