About the service
The QUIT team are a specialist mental health tobacco treatment team. They provide tobacco treatment to patients that smoke, who are admitted to the Oakwell Centre. They will provide nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and/or vapes to help patients manage their withdrawal symptoms whilst being unable to smoke in the hospital grounds. The team can also help patients to cut down or quit smoking altogether and support patients throughout their whole inpatient stay and for up to 12 months post discharge.
The team offer tobacco treatment to community mental health patients who may need extra support and a longer treatment plan than generic stop smoking services. NRT and vapes can be provided.
We also offer support to Trust staff based at Kendray Hospital that want to quit smoking. NRT and vapes can be provided free of charge for up to 12 weeks.
Why would someone choose the service?
The team are friendly, approachable and will always work at your pace, adapting to your needs.
Quitting smoking is not easy at the best of times, let alone when you are unwell, which is why they can support you for up to 12 months, even if you have ups and downs.
The team can visit you at home and will arrange for your prescriptions to be collected from your local Pharmacy.
They can provide you with nicotine replacement and/or vapes to help you stop smoking.
Staff you may meet
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- We have a range of specialist advisors working in our Trust – they give advice on a wide range of different things, depending on what service they work in. So it could be, for example, mental health, stopping smoking, healthy eating or diabetes.
Why a professional should choose the service
Stopping smoking is one of the best things people can do to improve their health.
QUIT will save lives across the region, reduce health inequalities and decrease demand on our NHS.
Tobacco addiction is a preventable illness and we have very effective treatments for it.
Smoking prevalence in Barnsley (18.3%) is higher than the national average.
We are funded and supported by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Since the programme began, 46 inpatients have successfully quit smoking and 70 have successfully reduced the amount they smoke, 30 community patients and 27 staff have quit smoking.
37% of inpatients have successfully quit smoking.
Since the Trust went smokefree in Nov 2023, 94% of admitted inpatients that smoke have been referred to the QUIT team, 78% have had a specialist assessment and 81% are accessing tobacco treatment and have been prescribed NRT or vapes.
Discharged patients are called within 5 days to continue treatment in required.
100% of our staff have received training in smoking cessation and motivational interviewing.
- 1-2-1 support
- Health advice
- Carbon Monoxide testing
- Improving physical health
- Improving mental health
- Reducing smoking prevalence
- Reducing smoking prevalence in patients with severe mental illness
- Relapse prevention
- Reducing health inequalities
Referrals accepted from:
A & E, AHPs, Carers/family, Consultants, Courts, Drug/alcohol agencies, GP staff, GPs, Health visitors, Hospital staff, Housing associations, Local authority staff, Midwives, Nurse, Other NHS services, Other Trust services, Patients(self-referral), Police, Voluntary services, Youth centres, Youth Offending Team
Patients who have been admitted to the Oakwell Centre at Kendray Hospital, Barnsley community mental health patients who are under a psychiatrist and Trust staff based at Kendray hospital.