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Band 6 Senior Practitioner - Smoking Cessation

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa (HCAS incl.)
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have a passion for smoking cessation and preventative healthcare? We have an exciting opportunity to support the development of our smoking cessation service, as part of the wider cardiovascular prevention & rehabilitation team!

With the support of our highly specialist, multi-disciplinary practitioners, you will help us ensure our patients receive a high standard of care. As patient focused registered healthcare/public health professionals, you will ideally have experience and expertise in health education, cardiovascular care and smoking cessation, although training will be given and appropriate CPD will be supported.

Your background may be in a wide range of NHS or health related professions (including but not confined to nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, pharmacy).

Main duties of the job

We are looking for people to work as part of our new highly skilled and passionate team delivering anew Stop Smoking Service, operating at both Harefield and Royal Brompton Hospitalsto support our patients from their inpatient admission through to beyond discharge.

Full training for all roles will be provided becoming a NCSCT Stop Smoking Practitioner will be provided along with a programme of continued professional development. This post will predominantly be based at Harefield Hospital, with cover at Royal Brompton if the service requires it.

About us

In conjunction with other members of the smoking cessation multi-professional team you will be responsible for providing expert clinical practice to our wide cohort of patients including offering education in both an inpatient and outpatient setting alongside involvement in our outpatient exercise (onsite and in the community) and smoking cessation services. Our services includes face to face and virtual interactions with a wide range of patients to include heart failure, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support devices.

You will be required to work closely with your MDT colleagues and contribute to the development of a high-quality, evidence-based service. You will have an opportunity to help shape and promote the service, providing you with an opportunity to engage in service development and evaluation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To promote a healthy lifestyle through advice and support patients and relatives/carers in one to one and group sessions, via telephone, via video calls and face to face. Work will predominantly be within the smoking cessation arena in line with the NHS Long-Term Plan, with time spent in the CVP& R service in line with professional background.

To consolidate and develop knowledge and skills through participation in continuous professional development (CPD). The post holder is required to deliver a high standard of care, working collaboratively with the highly specialist practitioner in the development of this new service.

This role will provide clinical practice to support and facilitate high quality individualised care to patients/relatives/carers without direct supervision, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. Work to be undertaken will be based around smoking cessation activities with time also spent educating patients pre and post cardiac procedures, following up cardiac patients post discharge and involvement in our exercise service.

To independently perform advanced assessments of patients with diverse presentations and complex physical and psychological needs and deliver an individualised and specialised programme of care. To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner with freedom to act on own interpretation of data without direct supervision. Supervision takes the form of regular formal training, clinical reasoning sessions and peer review. Access to advice and support is available from senior team members if required. Clinical work is not routinely evaluated.

To consolidate and develop knowledge and skills through participation in continuous professional development (CPD). To use evidence based principles/current best practice to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions.

To assist in the supervision, education and assessment of competence of more junior team members and students as required. This would involve working with Universities to ensure standard of practice and teaching meets the standards set by degree level qualification.

To actively participate in service expansion plans which include extending appointments offered into the early evening and weekends on a rota system, as well as travelling to community venues. Whilst you will be based primarily at one of our hospital sites, due to the cross-site nature of this service, you will need to be willing to work on the other site in the case of staff absences (inter-hospital transport available).

Person Specification



  • Relevant Professional Diploma/Degree
  • Relevant professional registration (eg NMC, HCPC)


  • Level 2/3 Smoking cessation practitioner
  • BACPR courses



  • Experience of supervision (more junior staff/students)
  • Knowledge of health behaviour change


  • Experience in cardiothoracics



  • Theoretical knowledge of cardiac rehabilitation


  • Experience in cardiac rehabilitation



  • Happy to work between hospital sites in the event of staff absence (hospital transport provided)

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Harefield Hospital

Hill End Road



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