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a no smoking signJune 15 2018

Smoking cessation services provided by pharmacies in Wales are “effective and cost-effective when compared with self-quit or usual care,” an independent review has recommended.

Clients who saw nurses were less likely to quit than clients who were treated by other types of advisors, such as specialist advisors, healthcare assistants, or pharmacy staff, it said. However, while some GP practices offer smoking cessation support, “it appears that few offer a service equivalent to that offered by Stop Smoking Wales, pharmacies and in-house hospital provision.”

The endorsements are made in the report ‘An Independent Review of the Provision of Smoking Cessation Services in Wales’ commissioned by the Welsh Government. It includes analysis from stakeholders and individuals who responded to the review, included a range of health professionals.

Views were sought on commissioning structures as well as looking at data from stop smoking schemes in Wales and beyond. Three possible future commissioning scenarios were explored:

  • Health Boards deliver specialist cessation services, with Public Health Wales / Help Me Quit providing central functions and support;
  • PHW is the sole provider of specialist cessation services;
  • maintain the status quo with further development as necessary.

After reviewing the evidence for all smoking cessation services in Wales, the independent review has advised that the preferred commissioning approach should be at health board level to provide smoking cessation services within the geographical area that they serve. 

It has also recommended that smoking cessation messages and support are most effective when they targeted specifically, rather than if included as part of a multiple risk intervention.

Links:
Welsh Government announcement       
Welsh Government/Government Social Research. ‘An Independent Review of the Provision of Smoking Cessation Services in Wales’. June 12 2018             

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