Reducing the burden of smoking amongst people with Mental Health Illness
PHE ePoster Library. Rutter A. 09/13/16; 138087; 100
Ailsa Rutter
Ailsa Rutter
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Abstract Introduction/Background: People with severe mental health illness (SMIs) have an average life expectancy which is 12 years lower than the adult population. The majority of this is caused by lifestyle factors, especially smoking. Working alongside the Northern England Strategic Clinical Network`s commitment to “parity of esteem”, a steering group was established in July 2014.Method: The aim of this group was to reduce the health inequalities experienced by those with SMIs, by eliminating tobacco use across the North East`s two Mental Health Trust estates. This built upon NICE guidance (PH48), which set out recommendations for reducing smoking amongst mental health service users.Results: Both Trusts successfully went fully smokefree on No Smoking Day, March 2016, following a co-ordinated approach to:Development of an audit tool and mapping current practiceRecruitment of project managers within each Trust to drive forward the work internallyJoint staff engagement session to learn lessons from elsewhere and identify opportunities for collaborationTwo engagement sessions with service users and carersCo-ordination of smoking cessation training for staffDeveloping a communications plan including case studies and PRReviewing local nicotine management policiesThe next phase of work will involve establishing pilot sites for supporting smoking cessation in community voluntary sector settings, and evaluating the impact of going smokefree.Conclusion: Co-ordinating regional resources and expertise has been effective in supporting local MH Trusts to go fully smokefree. This has helped overcome barriers of cross-boundary working and made the best use of limited resources around a shared regional agenda.
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