Four network meetings will take place at member sites this year to facilitate discussion on a topic of interest in relation to the Global Network Standards or a speciality area. This is also seen as an opportunity for non-member sites close to the host venue to participate in discussions and to learn more about network membership.
March 2018 UK National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) publication on how to accompany smoking policies in mental health services with appropriate nicotine dependency treatment pathways, staff education, pharmacotherapy (including short acting formulations) and behavioural support options.
Research published in the June Lancet Psychiatry 2017 journal has shown physical assaults in a UK psychiatric hospital reduced by 39% when a smokefree policy was introduced and supported with proper clinical treatment of nicotine withdrawal.
Staff and patient perspectives of SF health services policy in SA
Article reports on results from an online survey of staff and patient perceptions and experiences of a mandated smoke-free policy implemented at health facilities across SA, including mental health sites.
We all know that tobacco consumption is the single most preventable cause of death and disability in the world. It follows that the role of health services is vital - for providing appropriate care to smokers, for providing safe environments and for being a strong voice for action against tobacco.