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Mental Health Smoking Cessation Team's UK Success

November 05, 2010 12:00 PM

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There’s no “butt” about it, Leverndale Hospital and the Mental Health Smoking Cessation Team are amongst the best in the UK when it comes to inspiring smokers to quit!

The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) team has fought off nationwide competition to scoop an Organiser of the Year Award for this year’s No Smoking Day in March.

Smoking cessation staff were presented with it and two other prizes at a special ceremony in Glasgow last night (Thursday Nov 4).

They are winners of the Best Use of the Big Cig Award, Runners Up in the Best Photo section and highly commended for Best Use of this year’s Break Free Theme.
Denise Meldrum, Leverndale’s Stop Smoking Link Practitioner, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have picked up awards in these three categories.

“The top award came as a result of the team coming up with a unique quiz where entrants had to correctly name the location where the ‘big Cig’ was found.

“Amongst the well known locations the ‘Cig’ appeared at was the front of Glasgow Caledonian University and he even tied to steal the Scottish Cup from Hampden!

“Patients came up with the idea for the ‘Break Free Theme’ by building a wall of cigarettes and imprisoning the ‘Cig’ behind it and we were highly commended.

“The picture they took earned us our runner-up prize.”

No smoking Day President Duncan Bannatyne said: “NHSGGC’s Leverndale Hospital and the Mental Health Hospitals’ Smoking Cessation team definitely deserves the award for all the fantastic creativity and effort they put into their No Smoking Day event and to helping smokers break free from the habit.

“There were more award entrants than ever before so NHSGGC should feel very proud of its achievement. Many congratulations!”

The team’s success has continued, since No Smoking Day the cessation team have seen a 40 per cent increase in referrals for patients and there has been a 260 per cent increase for staff.

Anne Hawkins, NHSGGC’s Director of Mental Health Partnership, added: “This team is a real success story in smoking cessation terms.

“They are working with some of the hardest to reach smokers and are achieving marvellous results. I am extremely pleased that the work of the team has received UK recognition.”

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Notes to the Editor:
Photo available on request.

The mental health stop smoking team are on hand to assess motivation, recommend suitable products and provide all of the support that the quitter needs.

The Charity No Smoking Day is on of the UK’s leading public health campaigns. No Smoking Day works to support smokers who want to quit. The charity does this by raising awareness on the Day, which takes place on the second Wednesday in March every year, and highlighting the many sources of help available for smokers who want to quit. For more information visit www.nosmokingday.org.uk

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