Services Database Stop Smoking Interventions in Pharmacy (Plymouth Area)

Service ID



This service is part of a pilot project that will run in parallel with the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) scheme in Plymouth. The nature of this pilot means that only eligible pharmacies can operate under this service. The intention is for this service to be rolled out with full access to all pharmacies based in Plymouth once this pilot has been reviewed.

The practice will arrange an initial appointment for each patient wishing to use the community pharmacy’s stop smoking service to set a quit day (20-30 minute appointment). Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can be recommended and issued by the pharmacy. Varenicline can be recommended by the pharmacy and a signed letter of recommendation for their GP should be given to the patient where suitability for the medication has been checked by an appropriate pharmacist.

The community pharmacy will arrange two follow-up appointments over the 8 week treatment programme in line with prescribing recommendations (10-20 minute appointments). The four week appointment is the most important because this is where the outcome is determined.

The Stop Smoking Practitioner will CO validate all quit attempts using a smokerlyser, which will be provided free of charge to the Community Pharmacy by the Plymouth NHS Stop Smoking Service .

Unsuccessful quitters may be seen again under this service but repeating/re-starting the service should be in line with local recommendations.

Location of service

Devon LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Stop smoking

Other organisations involved

Plymouth NHS Stop Smoking Service


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Th Responsible Pharmacist should undertake and completes the CPPE Smoking Cessation Training 'Stop Smoking NCSCT stage 1 and 2 assessment'.

At least one person per Community Pharmacy needs to attend a 1-day workshop (Community Practitioner Training for Pharmacies) run by the Plymouth NHS Stop Smoking Service before providing services under this service. The training will be run to NCSCT required training standards.


This service is available in the Plymouth area only