Stop Smoking

Published on: 19th July 2013 | Updated on: 15th March 2022

Examples of this service that have been commissioned locally are available on the Community Pharmacy England online services database.

Tools and publications which may be useful to support the commissioning of this service can be found on the Service development tools and publications hub.

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Template service specification

Stop Smoking template service specification (Microsoft Word)

Stop Smoking template service specification (PDF)

Above is a nationally negotiated template service specification (developed and agreed by Community Pharmacy England, the Department of Health and NHS Employers) and associated resources on the service. LPCs and contractors are able to negotiate to provide services in accordance with this specification where a local need for the service is determined. Alternatively LPCs, contractors or the service commissioner are free to develop their own local services in response to identified needs.

Community Pharmacy England resources

Community Pharmacy England Services Case Studies Hub

Community Pharmacy England Think Pharmacy prospectus: Stop smoking (June 2019)

Community Pharmacy England Briefing 070/13: NICE public health guidance: Tobacco – harm reduction approaches to smoking (Jun 2013)
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended wider use of licensed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for smokers who struggle to quit, in landmark national public health guidance on how healthcare professionals should help smokers who find it difficult to give up.

The Community Pharmacy England resource Community Pharmacy – at the Heart of Public Health describes the main public health services that are provided by community pharmacies and the evidence base for these services.

Other resources

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – Community pharmacies: promoting health and wellbeing (August 2018)

Presentation at the Pharmacy Show: Delivering a smoking cessation service in Birmingham commissioned by City Council and including an E-cig pilot – Kathy Lee and Vivek Shah (October 2017) (If prompted, password is: pharmacy17)

Stop smoking services: models of delivery (Public Health England, September 2017)
This document is intended to support Directors of Public Health and local healthcare commissioners with the provision of local stop smoking support; it provides useful information to be considered by LPCs and others when community pharmacy stop smoking services are being developed.

Public Health England & Royal Society for Public Health – Everyday interactions (June 2017)
This resource aims to support healthcare professionals to record what they ‘do’ in their interactions with individuals to demonstrate impact on public health priorities.

The Professional Standards for Public Health Practice for Pharmacy (Mar 2014) provide a framework to help pharmacy teams, commissioners and those contracting services to design, implement, deliver and monitor high quality public health practice through pharmacy.

NHS Yorkshire and the Humber free e-learning package on brief advice for tobacco cessation

Think Pharmacy poster – Stop Smoking

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