Tobacco Programme Conference and Events

Tobacco Free Health Service Conference

Giving our Healthy Ireland Health Service the Q Mark

front photo conference 2016

The event took place on Wednesday 19th October 2016 in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8. The overall aim of the event was to identify the role of a validation process in improving the quality of care in tobacco free health services nationally. The objectives included the following:

  • To improve the quality and sustainability of the of HSE Tobacco Free Campus policy in all HSE services.
  • Learn from international colleagues who have developed and implemented validation processes based on EFQM Quality model and implementation research theory.
  • To explore our role as members of the ENSH-Global Network Of Tobacco Free Health Services and how we can use this to integrate ENSH-Global Quality Standards into all routine aspects of Quality Care.
  • Highlight international structures/processes that have been established that will support the development of an Irish National validation process to measure implementation of ENSH-Global Tobacco Free Healthcare Standards.
  • Create a forum for all HSE staff with a remit for implementation of the Healthy Ireland strategy, HSE Tobacco Free Campus policy or quality assurance to network with international colleagues working on similar briefs.
  • Create a forum for our international colleagues from ENSH-Global and the Erasmus programme (Malta) to learn about the achievements to date and plans agreed to achieve the ambitious targets set out in Tobacco Free Ireland.

The target audience for the event included Hospital Group Healthy Ireland Leads & Project Managers, CHO Health &Wellbeing Leads/Mental Health Social Care, Primary Care Leads as well as Health Promotion & Improvement Tobacco Free Campus support staff, Smoking Cessation Practitioners, HSE personnel with a quality brief, Tobacco Free Campus Working Group, chairpersons and group members.

The event proved very successful with all HSE divisions and target groups  well represented on the day. Among the delegates were members of the Erasmus Programme in Malta as well as delegates from the ENSH Global Network.

The event was chaired by Ms. Sarah McCormack, National Programme Lead Healthy Ireland, Health and Wellbeing Division and the welcome address was delivered by Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director of Health & Wellbeing HSE.

The morning involved a number of key note speakers delivering presentations on;

Tobacco Free Ireland: Dr. Fenton Howell, National Tobacco Control Advisor, Tobacco & Alcohol Control Unit, Department of Health

 ‘Tobacco Management in Health Services – Leadership and International Supports - Dr. Rudi Gasser, Public Health Victoria, Australia.

Improving Quality Care’ - Dr. Mary Browne, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, Quality Improvement Division.

The afternoon consisted of a workshop, the purpose of which was to identify the potential for a national validation process to measure the quality aspect of the HSE Tobacco Free Campus policy implementation. There was great delegate participation in this workshop and some valuable feedback was received.

There was a further series of presentations the first of which was delivered by Ms. Christa Rustler, National Coordinator of the German Tobacco Network ‘National Quality Validation Processes for Tobacco Management in Health Services- The German Experiencefollowed by a presentation by Mr. Alfie Bradley, Quality Assurance and Verification Division, HSE on ‘The role of the Healthcare Audit Service in providing assurance for services to meet standards and Ms. Martina Blake, HSE Lead for the Tobacco Free Ireland Programme on ‘HSE Actions to Systematically Integrate Tobacco Management into routine Healthcare

The programme for the day can be found here.

Some media pics from the day.

Launch of Tobacco Free Campus Implementation Guidance Document

Experience demonstrates that the successful implementation of Tobacco Free Campus Policy requires a systematic approach and the proactive support of the service managers at all levels. To assist in the smooth implementation and ongoing management of this policy across all services and settings a resource/implementation guide with supporting tools has been developed using the updated ENSH-Global Network for Tobacco Free Health Care Services Standards 2015. This resource entitled “How to Implement HSE Tobacco Free Campus Policy” was formally launched at the event.

Download a copy of the guidance document.