Secondary care providers have a duty of care to protect the health of, and promote healthy behaviour among, people who use or work in their services.
This duty of care includes providing them with effective support to stop smoking or to abstain from smoking while using or working in secondary care services. See the NICE guidance (PH48).
Stopping smoking at any time has considerable health benefits for people who smoke, and for those around them. For people using secondary care services, there are additional advantages, including shorter hospital stays, lower drug doses, fewer complications, higher survival rates, better wound healing, decreased infections, and fewer re-admissions after surgery.
Health Equalities Group can help hospitals determine what progress has made, what else needs to done and what barriers remain in support of hospitals going completely smokefree. We can co-produce implementation plans; facilitate meetings and provide guidance and advice on all aspects of the NICE guidance.
The Health Equalities Group on behalf of the Directors of Public Health across Cheshire and Merseyside has been supporting acute, mental health and maternity trusts to become completely smokefree.
“Spending time with hospital staff across Cheshire and Merseyside has provided insight into the difficulties and barriers that trusts are addressing and the steps they are taking to become smokefree, which include establishing an implementation plan and setting a realistic public launch date.” Andrew Bennett, Tobacco Lead, Health Equalities Group