Stop Smoking Services


Four levels of service are available to all pharmacies in Bolton:

  • Level 1 Service – Stop Smoking Voucher Scheme

Clients are issued with a voucher from Bump The Habit, which they take to a participating pharmacy to be issued with the NRT that is written on the voucher (NRT type can however be changed if requested by client).

  • Level 2 Service – NRT Support and Supply

Clients are supported with behavioural support and with appropriate NRT pharmacotherapy to set a quit date and their success is measured at four weeks and twelve weeks through CO verification.

  • Level 3 Service – Varenicline (Champix) – Support and Supply via PGD

Clients are identified as wanting to stop smoking and are supported with behavioural support and supply of Varenicline (Champix), to set a quit date and their success is measured at four and twelve weeks through CO verification. Pharmacists must have signed the PGD in order to provide this medication.

Training Requirements

  • Level 1 Stop Smoking Voucher – Supply Only

No training required but must be delivered by a pharmacist or qualified medicines counter assistant.

  • Level 2 NRT Support and Supply

Staff must complete the NCSCT training online and attend a yearly update session provided by Bolton Council.

  • Level 3 Champix support and supply

Pharmacists must complete the NCSCT training online, attend a yearly update session and complete the declaration of competence (DOC) on CPPE. The DOC and signed PGD must be sent to Bolton Council.

Please note: Pharmacists and registered technicians should access the NCSCT Training via CPPE; all other staff should register directly with NCSCT.

http://www.ncsct.co.uk

Annual Update

Attendance at an annual update session is essential for all in order to maintain professional competency in this area, therefore attendance is compulsory. Bolton Council retains the right to not renew contracts with pharmacies whose staff have not attended in the previous year.

These services are commissioned by the Public Health Team at Bolton Council:

Tobacco Control Lead

Gary Bickerstaffe

E-Mail: phc@bolton.gov.uk

Copies of the service specification and PGDs can be downloaded from PharmOutcomes.