Evaluation report on Turning Point’s smoking cessation pilots released today

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In August 2014, Turning Point commenced a smoking cessation pilot with support from Public Health England and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The pilot was rolled out in nine services, across community provision, detox and rehab.

The final evaluation report of the pilots has been released today and concludes that Turning Point has significantly improved access to smoking cessation interventions for those who may access Turning Point but struggle to access other services in the community.

By adopting an approach of ‘Ask, Advise and Act’, Turning Point has achieved the following:

  • Significant improvements in data recording meant more clients were asked about their tobacco use.
  • At least 999 smoking cessation interventions were made.
  • A further 146 referrals were made to smoking cessation services/interventions.

As a result of the pilot, staff attitudes have shifted towards viewing smoking cessation interventions as more important with clients in treatment, as well as many choosing to quit smoking themselves.  

Neesha Chand, project lead at Turning Point said: ‘We are really pleased with how well the pilots went in supporting people to stop smoking, as well as staff in pilot sites choosing to quit. We are now expanding this work so that all of our substance misuse services improve access to smoking cessation support. This will be via newly appointed smoking cessation leads, who will drive change locally and across the wider organisation.’

To read the report, visit our Substance Misuse resources page.