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Specialist Tobacco Reduction Practitioner

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
As a Specialist Stop Smoking Practitioner within the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (SFT) Tobacco Reduction Service, you will contribute to tackling inequalities in health through promoting and supporting people to stop smoking or reduce the harm from tobacco.

You will provide tobacco treatment advice and support to individuals, who want to stop smoking, reduce their harm from tobacco or temporarily abstain from using tobacco (e.g. during hospital stays).

As a Specialist SFT Tobacco Reduction Practitioner, you will play a key role integrating tobacco treatment into patients' routine care.

Main duties of the job

To help the service embed smoking cessation into routine medical careTo be responsible for assisting clinical teams in providing interventions to help tobacco users to stop smoking or reduce the harm from tobacco.Ensure all Smoking Cessation interventions comply with NICE, and NCSCT guidance.Work cohesively with other services to ensure multi-agency working is integrated into Smoking CessationIdentify opportunities to develop and improve services for clients.To be responsible for the assessment, planning and delivery of a programme of tobacco reductions interventions to clients at the hospital bedside and follow up seamlessly into the community on discharge.

About us

Yeovil District Hospital is now part of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a full list of duties and responsibilities, please see attached job description and person specification

Person Specification

Person Specification


  • Outstanding Care
  • Listening and Leading
  • Working Together
  • Degree or equivalent level of knowledge gained through courses and significant experience
  • Smoking Cessation Training Level 2 or willing to undertake within 3 months of starting post
  • Willingness to undertake further training and work towards professional certification
  • Knowledge of evidence-based smoking cessation initiatives
  • Good knowledge and understanding of evidencebased practice in smoking cessation, the consequences of smoking and the benefits of quitting
  • Experience of working in the NHS in the community or hospital setting
  • Experience helping people with behavioural change and delivering health promotion
  • Experience of managing own workload without day-to-day supervision
  • Computer literate, experience of using Microsoft Office software
  • Ability to work and communicate in group settings
  • Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with professionals/individuals from different professional backgrounds
  • Excellent literacy and interpersonal skills including active and reflective listening, empathy and the ability to motivate
  • A self-starter who focuses on improving patients' health outcomes
  • A positive outlook with an ability to inspire confidence, provide vision and motivate people
  • Willingness to undertake further training as required for professional development
  • Evidence of a good standard of Literacy / English language skills
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and listening skills
  • Ability to summarise and present information in a relevant way to different audiences
  • Experience of working effectively as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal with challenging situations and relationships with patients
  • Willingness to use technology to improve standards of care and support to our patients
  • Current and valid UK driving licence
  • Able to work flexibly including weekend and evening work (as and when required to)
  • Ability to work at all hospital sites as required


  • Counselling qualification
  • Training in relation to health promotion and/or health education
  • Understanding of audit and evaluation
  • Knowledge of principles of health promotion and issues of health inequality
  • Experience of working proactively and unsupervised on a day-to-day basis
  • Experience of delivering presentations that are sensitive, delicate or contentious
  • Experience of using clinical systems
  • Ability to research, implement and disseminate evidence-based practice
  • Ability to quickly establish and where appropriate further develop effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to manage workload with competing priorities and frequent interruptions that require urgent attention
  • Ability to work responsibly in dealing with confidential/sensitive information

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Yeovil District Hospital

Higher Kingston


BA21 4AT

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