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The role of e-cigarettes: experiences at George Eliot Healthcare NHS Trust to be presented at National Conference

Wendy Preston Nurse Consultant George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust will share her findings regarding electronic nicotine delivery devices and implications for smoking cessation practice.

“New figures from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England shine fresh light on the high smoking rates among people living with mental health problems. Nationally 33% of people with a mental health problem smoke compared to 18.7% in the population as a whole. A PHE and NHS England survey found that smoking rates among service users in mental health units is even higher at 64%. High smoking rates among people with mental health problems are the single largest contributor to their 10 to 20-year reduced life expectancy. On 4th June 2015 PHE and NHS England have published new guidance to help medium and low secure mental health units best implement the NICE recommendation that all NHS funded sites should provide access to on-site stop smoking services and deliver care in an environment free of smoke...The guidance highlights case studies which show the benefits of completely smokefree mental health units, where service users are provided support to stop smoking. This has resulted in better patient health,  freeing up staff time, and improved ward atmosphere. Alongside the physical health improvements, an increasing body of research is finding that mental health can be improved by stopping smoking. Contrary to the myth, evidence shows that stopping smoking is associated with reduced depression, anxiety, stress and improved positive mood and quality of life.” NHS England & Public Health England June 2015

This CPD certified conference features a series of extended interactive sessions which provide a practical guide to smoking cessation in mental health, ensuring your service effectively supports people with mental illness to stop smoking and does so within a smoke free environment. Smoking Cessation in Mental Health and delivering smoke free environments is key to the government ambition for parity of esteem and to reduce the lower life expectancy of people with mental health disorders.

Healthcare Conferences UK are pleased to offer staff  wishing to attend this conference or any of their other events a 20% discount which can be claimed by quoting ref: hcuk20geh. 

If you have developed a service or improvement project and would be interested in speaking and sharing your experiences with other organisations please contact

The conference is due to take place on 20th October 2015 at Hallam Conference Centre, London.

Also of interest: 

Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions
Monday 14 September 2015, Hallam Conference Centre, London
Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Thursday 15 October 2015, Hallam Conference Centre, London


29 July 2015


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