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Question for Department of Health

UIN 57098, tabled on 12 December 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to help to encourage the spread of best practice for stop smoking services.

Answered on

16 December 2016

A number of measures are in place to support the National Health Service and local public health services to help stop people smoking.

Public Health England (PHE) will continue to commission the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training to provide free online training, briefings and service reviews to support commissioning and delivery of stop smoking services.

PHE will review and update the CLeaR tobacco control tool, which provides a self-assessment and peer review model for local areas to reflect on and develop their local tobacco control programmes, including stop smoking services.

PHE has also developed a Menu of Preventative Interventions to support local Sustainability and Transformation Plans, including actions to treat tobacco dependence among patients who smoke.

The new national alcohol and tobacco CQUIN (Commissioning for Quality and Innovation) indicator will support the NHS to record the smoking status of all inpatients and to offer smokers medication and referral.

PHE will continue to support local authorities to review the effectiveness of stop smoking interventions, particularly where they want to commission new quitting support models.