Derbyshire Healthcare is currently on a journey to becoming a smoke-free Trust, thus providing cleaner and healthier environments to everyone involved with the Trust.
This means that, from 9 March 2016, all staff, service receivers and visitors will not be allowed to smoke anywhere on our sites - including wards, grounds, vehicles and during home visits. This is also likely to include the use of e-cigarettes.
Smoking: the facts
Smoking is the main cause of preventable illness and premature death. Currently in the UK, approximately 21% of the population smoke, costing the NHS £13.74 billion every year. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, two out of every five cigarettes in England are smoked by people with mental health problems; this supports that people with a mental illness who smoke are more likely to be heavier smokers and more tobacco dependent than smokers in the general population. Often smoking leads to a poorer physical health and a lower life expectancy.
Smoking cigarettes can also increase how quickly some anti-psychotics are broken down by the body, meaning that people who smoke heavily may need more medication than those who do not.
It doesn't have to be this way and at Derbyshire Healthcare we want to discourage smoking by creating a smoke-free environment across all of our sites. We firmly believe in and agree with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance which recommends that all hospital sites, including mental health hospitals, should be free from smoke.
Smoking cessation support
Our staff will receive training prior to the Trust becoming a smoke-free organisation so that they are fully equipped to offer the people under our care and our staff with the best smoking cessation advice and a full package of support.
Support services are available locally to help people who wish to reduce their smoking habits, quit permanently, or prepare to go smoke-free for a period of time. These services include:
Support is also available on our live well: stop smoking section. Alternatively, please visit the national smoke-free website for more information and advice or call 0300 123 1044 to speak to an expert adviser.
Your feedback: share your views
Whilst we're on this journey we would like to learn from others and hear your feedback and views about becoming a smoke-free Trust. So if you are a smoker or non-smoker and would like to share your thoughts with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.