New Leaf Stop Smoking Service
Aims and objectives of service
The New Leaf Stop Smoking Service aims to improve people's health now and in the future by supporting smokers who want to give up smoking. As well as improving the health and wellbeing of individuals it reduces the risk of future hospital admissions and critical illnesses.
This service provides an appropriate mix of different approaches to behavioural support and pharmacological interventions to meet the needs of smokers aged 12 and over who want to stop smoking or want to change their smoking behaviour with a view to quitting in future.
Priority groups are people living in more deprived areas; people with mental health problems (including drug and alcohol misuse problems); people admitted to hospital and those who are pregnant.
The service also promotes harm reduction approaches for smokers who are not willing/able to quit in one step.
The service is the only commissioned stop smoking service in Nottingham City. As such it plays an important role in treating people who want to quit smoking as part of the city’s Tobacco Control Strategy. The service is represented on the city’s Strategic Tobacco Control Group.
The service is open access to any smoker aged over 12 years who either lives or works within Nottingham City Council boundaries or is registered with a Nottingham City GP.
People can access New Leaf by self-referral (via a free telephone line/free text messaging service/venue appointment/attendance at a drop-in session) or by direct referral from healthcare professionals and social care staff, including midwives, health visitors and school nurses or other frontline staff trained in brief intervention. Referrals are also made to the service through the Healthy Change project, via the NHS national helpline or website and via the local New Leaf website www.newleafstopsmoking.co.uk.
Living or working within Nottingham City Council boundaries or registered with a Nottingham City GP.