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NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (evenings and weekends as the service expands)
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The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Russells Hall hospital
£43,742 - £50,056 per annum
Salary period
09/06/2023 23:59

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The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust logo

Tobacco Cessation Lead

NHS AfC: Band 7

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly enthusiastic and motivated practitioner to undertake a newly created post. To contribute to the delivery of the Trust’s tobacco cessation in- patient service by providing high-quality, expert stop smoking interventions. Designed to support the delivery and local implementation of the national NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) supporting all patients to access and receive NHS funded tobacco cessation treatment. The post holder will work to review current smoking cessation provision and lead the development of a tobacco cessation service with a focus on reducing health inequalities.  

 We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who can produce results in a challenging environment.  It will be your responsibility to deliver and review the service regularly.  The role requires an ability to manage time and resources effectively to ensure that targets are achieved and provide highly effective support for smokers who are admitted to Russell's Hall Hospital.  The development and continuous improvement of appropriate and robust referral pathways, policies and standard operating procedures. The ability to engage patients who are admitted into Russell's Hall Hospital into the Tobacco Cessation Programme.  

 Experience of providing Tobacco Cessation interventions, project management, developing and delivering training would be ideally suited to this role, as would individuals with clinical experience in the hospital setting. 

Main duties of the job

 Respond to all inpatients identified as smokers on admission who wish to stop smoking. 

To assess inpatients tobacco dependence, devise a treatment plan and ensure tobacco independence care is given throughout the patients stay and follow pathways to continue support in the community on discharge. 

Provide effective stop smoking support that is sensitive to individuals need in line with evidence-based guidance for inpatients who want to stop smoking. 

Plan and deliver a comprehensive training programme to promote a systematic, proactive approach to stop smoking across the Trust following NICE guidelines. 

Work autonomously in line with RHH smoke free policy, Long Term Plan, NICE guidance best practice 

Support the development and implementation of policies and protocols and managing nicotine withdrawal for in patients and access to medication.  

Deliver evidence-based stop smoking advice to people wishing to stop smoking in accordance with local and national protocols with one-to-one individual confidential support. 

Undertaking carbon monoxide monitoring of patients to support development of strategies to deal with withdrawal and longer-term relapse prevention. 

Keep up to date with developments and innovation in practice and ensure all training, information, advice and evidence based practice.  Maintain own professional development. 

Working for our organisation

At the Dudley Group our patients and staff are at the heart of all that we do and that is to provide a world class service that aligns with our vision of “excellent health care, improved health for all”.  We are seeking to recruit staff who share our vision and values of making Dudley Group an incredible workplace.

We are committed to becoming a diverse and an inclusive employer and where people feel sense of belonging. Seeking to expand diversity within our teams, we positively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as BAME, disabled and LGBTQ+ groups. We are also under-represented in-terms of gender within nursing roles and we would welcome applications from people from male and non-binary backgrounds.

 We are committed to home life balance through flexible working and making reasonable adjustments where possible.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake.

Person specification

Qualificatons & Education

Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse with current NMC registration or registered AHP
  • Tobacco Cessation Training level 3 or willing to undertake within 3 months of starting in post
Desirable criteria
  • Postgraduate diploma or master's degree in public health /health promotion or equivalent qualification in relevant field

Knowledge & training

Essential criteria
  • Substantial experience of working in, or with the NHS, facilitating change to improve care or outcomes
  • Experience of behaviour change techniques, focusing on best practice guidance of effectiveness
  • Knowledge and understanding or relevant NICE guidance and the NHS long term plan for treating tobacco dependence
  • Specialist knowledge of current issues in Tobacco Cessation services
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of performance reporting and delivering targets


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in a patient/customer focused environment in the NHS community setting or hospital setting
  • Experience of working within a healthcare /NHS setting.
  • Knowledge of tobacco dependency treatments
  • Experience in Auditing and meeting nationally and locally KPI’s
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of supporting healthy lifestyles/ facilitating behaviour change.

Communication & Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Experience of supporting healthy lifestyles/ facilitating behaviour change.
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to work within a team and develop others
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of addiction and ability to show empathy and compassion to people in challenging situations

Planning & Organisation skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work flexible hours when team / service requires including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to prioritise workload to meet deadlines, maintaining attention to detail.

Physical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Fully supportive of Trusts smoke free policy acting as a smoke free champion

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident leaderArmed Forces Covenant Bronze AwardENEI TIDE Gold 2021Care Leaver CovenantNHS Pastoral Care

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Donna Parry
Job title
Trainee Respiratory ACP
Email address
Telephone number
01384 456111
Additional information

Telephone 01384 456111 ext 3716 or Bleep 8083