Band 5 Smoke Free Advisor

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 5
Part Time

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Leicestershire Partnership Trust for the position of Tobacco Dependency Advisor within the newly implemented Tobacco Dependency Treatment Service.

The service provides advice and support in the form of information, behavioural support in groups and one to one, and support with identifying appropriate Nicotine Replacement Therapies.

You will have the opportunity to establish positive therapeutic relationships with smokers in our inpatient wards and leverage those relationships to improve patient's lives. Duties will include designing tailored care plans with patients and implementing those care plans through nicotine replacement advice and one to one and group behaviour support sessions, all to help those who engage with the service improve their relationship with tobacco and ultimately improve their lives.

As well as delivering the service you will provide support for the maintenance of the Trusts Smoke Free Policy. Advisors will act as Smoke Free champions within the Trust.

The service represents a crucial opportunity to improve health and life-expectancy of a hard-to-reach cohort and in doing so reduce health inequalities and further the NHS's Long-Term Plan.

This role would suit anyone who thrives when working with a large degree of autonomy, has great leadership and collaboration skills, and feels strongly about a smoke free agenda personally and socially.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide tobacco treatment advice and support to individuals and groups of service users, who want to stop smoking, reduce their harm from tobacco or for temporary abstinence when in hospital.

Specifically, the post holder will:

Liaise with clinical teams to agree which services users will be offered support from the Tobacco Dependency Treatment Service.

Promote the general health and wellbeing of people who use the service through offering one-to-one and group tobacco addiction advice and support.

Work with service users to change their behaviour to improve their health.

Act as a smoke-free champion

Provide advice and support to ward staff, including providing or reinforcing training provided to inpatient teams to reduce harm from tobacco and the promotion of smoke free settings.

Ensure robust discharge planning for the patients ongoing tobacco dependency treatment for patients wishing to quit or who have an ongoing harm reduction programme.

To have a comprehensive mental health founded knowledge of the health harms of smoking and the benefits that cessation offers and to educate and promote this within the Trust.
  • To plan and manage your time and schedule of meetings, trainings, and support sessions across Directorate

Coordinate Trust-wide activities in support of the above: promotion of activities, organisation of activities.

About us

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1 million people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Here at LPT, our values are Compassion, Respect, Integrity and Trust, which we keep at the heart of everything we do.

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our community. We actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

Details of our benefits, leadership behaviours and other important information are contained in the attached document titled Information for Applicants.

We will consider requests to work alternative hours or varied working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

For all substantive roles, new staff (excluding medical staff) are appointed subject to a 6-month probationary period (see Probation Policy).

All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of any DBS disclosure required will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary once started.

Applicants at risk within the local NHS who meet essential criteria will have preference for interview.

Job description Job responsibilities

If you like what you've read and would like more information on the duties and responsibilities of this role, please click onto the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • (Equivalent qualifications will be considered where their equivalency can be demonstrated)
  • substantial experience working in a mental health setting either clinically or delivering a similar health promotion intervention
  • Professional Qualification minimum NVQ level 3 or equivalent
  • Smoking Cessation Training Level 2 or willing to undertake within 3 months of starting in post.
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills. Ability to use tact and persuasion skills to support intervention with service users.
  • Enthusiasm and ability to motivate self and others.
  • Commitment to the promotion of equality of opportunity.
Interpersonal Skills Essential
  • Excellent communications skills, written and oral
  • Able to work collaboratively with partner organisations
  • Ability to influence and motivate staff to help foster stop smoking culture within the trust.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with severe mental health conditions and / or learning disabilities.
  • Experience of providing healthcare, healthcare advice or health promotion advice to patients or members of the public.
  • Experience of working in the NHS in the community or hospital setting.
  • Experience of providing help, support and/or counselling on a one to one or group basis.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Computer literate, experience of using Microsoft Office software.
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Ability to work and communicate in group settings
  • Good knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice in smoking cessation, the consequences of smoking and the benefits of quitting.
  • Ability to build and maintain good working relationships with professionals / individuals from different professional backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and listening skills.
  • Ability to manage own workload
  • Understand and maintain confidentiality issues.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based smoking cessation initiatives.
  • Experience of using clinical systems.
  • Understanding of monitoring and evaluation for service improvement
  • Knowledge of principles of health promotion and issues of health inequality
Trust Commitments all Applicants are Expected to Demonstrate Essential
  • Trust Commitments all Applicants are
  • Expected to Demonstrate
  • Awareness ofEquality &Valuing Diversity Principle
  • Understanding of Confidentiality & Data Protection Act
  • Understanding of the Trusts service user group (which could include lived experience of conditions the Trust deals with or of receiving services relevant to those the Trust provides)
  • Fully supportive of Trusts smoke free policy acting as a smoke free champion.
Mobility Essential
  • Willingness to travel to deliver responsibilities (own or public transport as needed).

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