Parity for severe mental illness (SMI) patients in cancer risk reduction (Smoking)

Short Title Parity in SMI and cancer risk
Category Parity of esteem
Organisation Public Health Dorset
Contact Name Sue Airey (Wessex SCN) & Chris Ricketts (Public Health Dorset)
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Sector Health
Region Dorset
Postcode DT11TP
Active Yes

The overall objective of this project to deliver a new service offer for those individuals with a diagnosed SMI wishing to engage with stop smoking services, with a view to reducing the variation in outcomes in Dorset and to share the learning with other commissioners of stop smoking services across Wessex.


We found that SMI patients were more likely to be smokers 42% compared to 17.5% in the general population.
Although more likely to be given smoking advice, when accessing a specialised stop smoking service the success of the interventions for SMI patients is significantly lower 28.5% compared to 51% for the general population.

The project has now been taken over by Public Health Dorset. The following outputs are expected to be delivered
• Collate patient views on the service design
• Ensure that the enhanced service offer from the provider for those with complex needs is tailored to support individuals with a SMI.
• Establish training for upskilling staff in both mental health and stop smoking providers.
• Produce recommendations for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Wessex.
• Share literature review for SMI and smoking alongside these recommendations
• Promote the new service across the Dorset area


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