Ways to improve practice

Quality Improvement toolkit – Smoking Cessation

Ways to improve practice 1

Aim:To improve the quality of care and deliver an effective service that encourages patients who attend the practice to stop smoking.

The Primary Care Quality and Information Service (PCQIS), part of Public Health Wales, develops quality improvement toolkits to assist practices in collating and auditing information.

The quality improvement toolkits are evidence based. They should be seen as good practice and covers areas that some or even all practices may not be recording at this stage. It is expected that all the criteria within the audits will be achieved in year one therefore the PCQIS suggests that the toolkits should be used to aid development within the practice.

It is recommended that in year one the practice consider recording this information prospectively using the data entry criteria and suggested read codes provided so that these criteria can be successfully audited and improvements highlighted over time.

For further information see the Tobacco and health in Wales (June 2012) Public Health Wales Trust / Welsh Government ISBN:978-0-9572759-0-4

For further information or to request printed copies of this report, please contact: Email: publichealthwalesobservatory@wales.nhs.uk

In addition to this module you can access the following video for further advice on how to help the patient quit smoking, which can be found here.

You can also access the Brief Intervention for Smoking Cessation e-learning package on http://www.mle.wales.nhs.uk website. (You will need to register to access this package).

When you have a username and password, log in, then scroll down the list of courses to find Public Health Wales and then Brief Intervention (e-Learning). When asked, enter the appropriate Enrolment Key for your health board / trust:

Health Board / Trust Enrolment key
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board ABMU
Aneurin Bevan Health Board AB
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board BCU
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board CVU
Cwm Taf Health Board CT
Hywel Dda Health Board HD
Powys Teaching Health Board PT
Public Health Wales PHW
Velindre NHS Trust VNHST
Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust WAST

Running your own in-house smoking cessation service

If delivering in-house stop smoking services you may find the National Training Standards for Smoking Cessation a useful reference document to ensure that your nurses/healthcare assistants are trained to the appropriate level. Click here to view the training standards.


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