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Introducing our new Nicotine Management and Smoke Free Policy on 31st May 2016 was a very important step for us as a Trust. 

As Chief Executive, I am very aware that people with severe mental illness die 15 to 20 years earlier than other people and that smoking is the biggest single reason for this. Service users have told us that some only started smoking when admitted to our wards, and others that they smoke more when admitted. The weekend before we went smoke-free, two people on an acute ward reported that they were only smoking because it was what people did on the ward.
As smoking has been such a big part of the mental health culture, I am very aware of how big a change is required to implement this new Policy, for service users, carers and staff. Thank you to everyone for all your involvement with this.

I appreciate how hard nursing staff, wards and teams are working to implement this policy in a compassionate way. I am delighted so many staff have taken up the offer of free NRT, and I sincerely thank all staff who no longer take ‘smoking breaks’. 

This is so important. Please can I remind all staff that you are our greatest advocates and role models for delivering a smoke free Trust to be proud of.

Please use all available forums to feedback and discuss how it is going. Please can I reassure everyone that I and the Executive Directors Team are receiving regular updates, monitoring the challenges and progress, and working to ensure going smoke free is delivered in the best way possible.

Chief Executive, Kevan Taylor



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