HSE Quitlink Case Study
Who is it for?
The program is aimed at:
- Any smoker who is interested in making a quit attempt
- Those who have quit and would like support to stay quit
- These who have relapsed and would like to quit again
A key aspect of the programme is to support smokers to stop smoking for good. It focuses on abrupt cessation and ‘not a puff’ after the quit date. Therefore, the QUIT programme is not suitable for smokers who:
- Only want to reduce their level of smoking, not quit for good
- Are not willing to commit to abrupt cessation and ‘not a puff’ rule
How does it work?
The RelateCare QUIT team are fully trained cessation support staff – all have successfully completed the NCSCT Standard Treatment Programme training and Stop smoking behavioural support by phone training. The team delivers stop smoking behavioural support via phone, web and social media. The service is always delivered in a friendly, positive, supportive and non-judgemental manner.
The QUIT programme is a standard treatment programme that uses behavioural support and evidence based stop smoking medication and treatments to support smokers through their quit attempt.
What does it include?
The programme begins with a “Pre-quit consultation”. This explores with smokers their reasons for wanting to quit, what techniques they can use to help with a quit attempt, the types of evidence based stop smoking medication and treatments available, their readiness to set a quit date and the steps they need to take to be ready to quit on that day.
Once the client chooses to set a QUIT date and enrol in the programme they will be given behavioural support via:
- Daily emails for 6 weeks after their QUIT date
- A scheduled support call on their QUIT date
- A scheduled support call each week for 4 weeks after their QUIT date
Clients are encouraged to join our facebook page and use the information on www.quit.ie also.
We encourage clients to ring the service in between the scheduled calls if they feel the need for extra support.
The role of the QUIT Team is to encourage, motivate and support the client to determine whether they are ready to quit and to identify steps they can take to help with quitting and staying quit. It is not the role of the QUIT to advise or tell clients what to do Communication options:
- QUITphone – live, free phone helpline service with the option of engaging in QUITsupport
- QUITchat – online chat facility through quit.ie
- QUITsocial – via Facebook and Twitter accounts
- QUITtext – responding to contacts via SMS as well as contacting individuals via SMS
- QUITreferrals: Potential to accept referrals from healthcare professionals and other smoking cessation support services
- One-to-one services: This is a face to face local service available throughout the country
Facts and figures for January 2015