Stop Smoking Service – Hertfordshire Health Improvement Service (HHIS)


Community pharmacy PGD for varenicline expires 30 November 2018

Please be aware that the varenicline PGD expires on 30 November 2018. HHIS are in process of updating the PGD so that there will be no lapse in service provision. They will keep you updated about any training requirements for existing community pharmacies and for those wishing to start supplying varenicline under the PGD as part of their stop smoking service.

Please do not hesitate to contact Hertfordshire Health Improvement Service on 01442 453071 if you have any queries.

 

The stop smoking service provided by community pharmacy is commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council. The 2017 – 2020 service specification for the Smoking Cessation service can be accessed here

The following annexes to the specification are available as outlined below:

Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service (HSSS) launched a patient group direction (PGD) for the supply of varenicline to clients receiving support to stop smoking on 1 December 2016. Only those pharmacists that attended the accreditation event run by HSSS are able to deliver the service. The PGD is for the supply of varenicline in community pharmacies that have a current contract with Hertfordshire Public Health Service to deliver stop smoking services.

As part of the PGD pharmacies must have a Standard Operating Procedure in place. The LPC has received a number of requests for a template SOP and has developed the following template SOP in order to support pharmacies.

Following a recommendation made by Hertfordshire Medicines Management Committee (HMMC), the patient’s GP must be informed of the supply of varenicline to any of their patients by using the template letter. This is to manage any risk to receiving the medicine if there are clinical concerns which do not come to light during the patient assessment. This can be sent by secure email or fax and must occur at the time of initial supply.

Training Dates

Please find a list of stop smoking training dates for 2018 available here  including two day level 2 training for new advisors, pregnancy training for existing advisors, annual update for level 2 qualified advisors. An additional date has been added, Thursday 6 September: 12.30–3pm, Ashbourne Room, Hertford County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8DQ, Guest speaker: Gay Sutherland.

All smokers should also be given brief intervention advice at every opportunity and at least annually (except in exceptional circumstances NICE 2006). In line with this guidance Hertfordshire Health Improvement Service (HHIS) offers a short 1 hour training session to all front line staff on how to raise the issue of smoking and lifestyles to promote behaviour change and improve health

To book a place on training sessions please  call: 01442 453071 or email: health.improvementservice@hertscc.gcsx.gov.uk

Health Improvement Locality Specialist

Here is the list of health improvement locality specialists available : –

Dacorum, St Albans & Harpenden – Janka Szocs: 01438 845924 | janka.szocs@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Stevenage, Welwyn & Hatfield – Sharon O’Connor : 01438 843174| sharon.oconnor@hertfordshire.gov.uk

North Herts – Sally Brown : 01442 45489 |sally.brown@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Watford and Three Rivers – Farzana Khan : 01442 453572 | farzana.khan@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Hertsmere – Flic Horner: 07812 271149 |flic.horner@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Stort Valley, Upper Lea Valley, Lower Lea Valley, Puckeridge and North – Helen Cleary: 01438 845926 |helen.cleary@hertfordshire.gov.uk

June 2018

The Hertfordshire Health Improvement service resources catalogue is on the professional website for Health in Herts . This is currently in the process of being updated with Health Check and Weight Management resources, so in the long term it may be moved as its currently under smoking.  All other public health resources can be found  here .

February 2017

Varenicline Patient Group Direction (PGD)

Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service (HSSS) launched a patient group direction (PGD) for the supply of varenicline to clients receiving support to stop smoking on 1 December 2016. Only those pharmacists that have attended an accreditation event run by HSSS are able to deliver the service. The PGD is for the supply of varenicline in community pharmacies that have a current contract with Hertfordshire Public Health Service to deliver stop smoking services.

January 2017

Here is the press release for the January Health Harms campaign. HCC Health Harms Release .This year the campaign has focused on the health harms of smoking specially highlighting the damaging effect smoking has on the heart, and urging smokers to quit smoking in the new year.

The Smokefree campaign reveals that 45 people a day die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) caused by smoking, which is over 16,500 a year in England. CVD includes all diseases of the heart and circulation, including heart attacks and strokes.

The campaign also coincides with the first year that all cigarettes in the UK will be sold in unattractive standard packs, with graphic picture health warnings.

 

Following a recommendation made by Hertfordshire Medicines Management Committee (HMMC), the patient’s GP must be informed of the supply of varenicline to any of their patients by using the template letter. This is to manage any risk to receiving the medicine if there are clinical concerns which do not come to light during the patient assessment. This can be sent by secure email or fax and must occur at the time of initial supply.

As part of the PGD pharmacies must have a Standard Operating Procedure in place. The LPC has received a number of requests for a template SOP and has developed the following template SOP in order to support pharmacies.