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 Bolton Stop Smoking Service, 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) – Supply Only via PGD
Clients are issued with a voucher from Bolton Stop Smoking Service, which they take to a participating pharmacy to be issued with Varenicline (Champix). Pharmacists must have signed the PGD in order to provide this medication.
- Level 4 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.
- 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 Stop Smoking Service.
- Level 3 and 4 Champix supply only via PGD/ 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.
Pharmacists and registered technicians should access the NCSCT Training via CPPE; all other staff should register directly with NCSCT
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. Full details are available in the events section of the LPC website.
Pregnant Ladies should be referred to the Specialist Service
These services are commissioned by the Public Health Team at Bolton Council:
Tobacco Control Lead
Smoking Cessation Service Lead
Bolton Stop Smoking Service
Crompton Health Centre
T: 01204 462364