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News and Presentations for today's Smoking Cessation and Mental Health Summit

Chaired by Dr Rick Driscoll, Group Medical Director and Consultant Forensic and Rehabilitation Psychiatrist, Priory Group

Rick has been the Priory Group Medical Director and Responsible Officer since 2016. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a specialist in forensic, rehabilitation and general psychiatry. He joined the Priory Group in 2003 and has held previous leadership roles as a site Medical Director and as the Clinical Director for Forensic and Rehabilitation Services.

The importance of smoking cessation in improving the physical heath of people with mental disorder: The evidence
Dr Jonathan Campion
, Director for Public Mental Health and Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Visiting Professor of Population Mental Health, University College London

Jonathan is Director for Public Mental Health and Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is involved in the development and implementation of local, national and international public mental health strategy. Part of this work involves assessment of implementation gaps for public mental health interventions including to address health risk behaviour and physical illness in people with mental disorder. Since smoking is the single largest cause of preventable death including for people with mental disorder, it is a key area to highlight in such assessments in order to facilitate improved implementation. 

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Cessation Aids: Options, Prescribing and Practicalities
Dr Pooja Patwardhan
, GP Hampshire, Expert in smoking cessation

Dr Pooja Patwardhan is a practising General Practitioner (GP) in Hampshire, UK. Over the last nearly 2 decades of her medical practice, she has become a keen advocate of preventive medicine and is passionate about her work in tobacco cessation globally. As smoking still remains a leading cause of cancer and premature death, she believes that a more robust, systematic and holistic approach to smoking cessation is needed to help the remaining smokers in UK who are struggling to quit, and this must include educating and upskilling healthcare practitioners.
Her current work involves empowering healthcare institutions in supporting smokers from subgroups who find it difficult to quit smoking.

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Training and supporting frontline mental health staff in smoke-free implementation
Di Hurley,
Head Occupational Therapist, Harrow Mental Health Services, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Di Hurley (Dip COT, BSc Hons) is the Head Occupational Therapist for Harrow Mental Health Service in Central & North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust.  For over thirty years she has specialised in the mental health field, with a particular interest in health promotion, including developing and researching interventions to support people with stress and mental health problems to quit smoking.  Within her Trust, and Harrow Mental Health service where she is based, she has worked on the development of a supportive approach to the implementation of smoke free restrictions for staff and patients.

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The psychology behind smoking cessation -Mindsets, culture and preventing relapse
Dr Frank Ryan
, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & former Lead for Smoking Cessation, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Centre for Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London, Chair of the Addiction Faculty, British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology

Pre event abstract - Psychological approaches to smoking cessation  policy and practice
In addition to the well-known hazards posed to physical health by smoking, tobacco use also compromises mental health and wellbeing. Specifically, smoking tobacco disrupts pharmacological treatments and subverts psychotherapeutic interventions that draw on the motivation to overcome patterns of emotional and cognitive avoidance that serve to maintain dysfunction. Smoke free policy making therefore needs to acknowledge that, in addition to physical health and environmental considerations, enabling service users to become smoke free is a core therapeutic task in pursuit of sustained recovery. A prototypical policy aimed at placing smoking cessation centre stage will be described. This will follow a “stepped-care” approach beginning with monitoring of smoking cessation status of all service users, moving through brief interventions towards a more intensive cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach aimed at addressing addiction to tobacco in tandem with co-existing mental health difficulties. This will integrate therapeutic techniques from motivational interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT.  It will be argued that attaining smoke free status will contribute to preventing relapse and promoting recovery and wellbeing in the longer term. 

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Going Smoke Free – Challenges and Benefits
Paul Cowans
, Specialist Director, Priory Group

Pre-event abstract
Going Smoke Free – “Challenges and Benefits”
Priory Healthcare has over 90 establishments providing a diverse range of services including Acute, PICU, Eating Disorders, Rehab & Recovery, Forensic, Addictions, Private, ABI, Intellectual Disabilities and Personality Disorder.
The Forensic service went Smoke Free almost 4 years ago as part of the NHSE CQUIN programme. The challenge was could we plan and deliver on being smoke free across all hospitals, many of whom provided several service types on one campus. The first challenge was to win the hearts & minds of the Healthcare Senior Executive Team and get the endorsement of the CEO for Healthcare. This entailed promoting the benefits of going smoke free “Reclaiming the stolen years”, explaining the positive health benefits that could be delivered to all service users, no matter how long they receive care & treatment in our services.

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Mental Health and Smoking Cessation: what does the future hold for us?
Dr Sudhanshu Patwardhan
, Founder and Director, Centre for Health Research and Education and GP, Hampshire

Dr Sudhanshu Patwardhan (Sud) is a British-Indian licensed medical doctor. He has proven global regulatory strategy and science engagement expertise, built on unique international experience across corporate affairs, biomedical research, consumer insights and business management in pharmaceutical, tobacco and nicotine industries. Sud founded the Centre for Health Research and Education (CHRE) to accelerate cancer prevention globally through nicotine research and education. CHRE is leading the development of products and services for effectively delivering smoking cessation across the world, with particular emphasis on high-risk and high-prevalence user sub-groups.

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