Smoking Cessation Service

Smoking Cessation Service
Full information Click here for full SCS information
Pharmacies signed up Click here for list of pharmacies signed up to the SCS
Service specification Click here for the SCS service spec
Training requirements To provide the service pharmacists 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.
Equipment required To provide the service, contractors must have a carbon monoxide (CO) monitor (which is suitable for use with pregnant women) and sufficient disposable single patient use mouthpieces to meet the likely demand when providing the service via face-to-face consultations in the pharmacy.  The minimum technical specification for a CO monitor that can be used for the service can be found in Appendix A of the service specification
SOP Contractors must have a standard operating procedure (SOP) in place for this service covering provision of the service, which should include key contact details for the service; the process for maintenance and validation of the equipment used and infection prevention and control measures; and signposting to locally commissioned smoking cessation services. The SOP should be reviewed regularly and following any significant incident or change to the service. All pharmacy staff involved in the provision of the service must be familiar with and adhere to the SOP. Various pharmacy support organisations provide template SOPs which their members can personalise for use in their pharmacy.

Full details can be found here

List of signed up Pharmacies as at 11 October 2022

Map showing signed up Pharmacies as at 11 October 2022

Launch Webinar 06.10.22 slide deck – click here

Smoking Cessation Service FAQ’s – click here

PharmOutcomes SCS community pharmacy training video – click here 

Service spec – click here