Tobacco cessation services are recognised as an important element of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy. The HSE provides and promotes a wide range of cessation services, ranging from online and social media supports on www.quit.ie and www.facebook.com/HSEquit, a National Smokers' QUITline 1800 201 203, HSE quit clinics and courses, primary care supports provided by GPs, Pharmacists and Dentists, and tobacco dependence treatments.
A National Standard for Tobacco Cessation Support Programmes (March 2013) has been developed under the Tobacco Control Framework. The Standard was informed by the 2006 NICE programme guidance on smoking cessation, the 2007 New Zealand smoking cessation guidelines, the 2010 NHS Health Scotland and Ash Scotland planning and providing specialist smoking cessation services document, the 2011/12 NHS Local stop smoking services delivery and monitoring guidance and the 2011 NHS standard treatment programme, all of which are recognised as being evidenced based and cost effective. This intensive cessation behavioural support programme is delivered by cessation specialist staff.
Tobacco Cessation Support Programme
The Tobacco Cessation Support Programme is a structured behavioural support programme for smoking cessation. It provides Healthcare Professionals with the resources to build client capacity for behaviour change in smoking cessation.
In facilitating this programme, the Healthcare Professional adopts a client- centred approach using the core skills of motivational interviewing. This approach enables the Healthcare Professional to support the tobacco user through the process of quitting by increasing confidence and motivation to quit and developing personal coping skills to sustain the quit attempt over time.
The Programme incorporates seven sessions and can be adapted to meet individual client needs, pace and readiness to change. The programme can be facilitated on an individual or group basis.