Background – Background – Making Smoking History

The Greater Manchester tobacco control plan Making Smoking History (MSH) advocates a comprehensive, whole system approach to tackling tobacco. The CURE programme is an integral component of delivering this plan and is included in its strategy, delivering a service and pathway for patients admitted to acute care, taking advantage of a unique teachable moment.

The Royal College of Physicians document ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: treating Tobacco Dependency in the NHS’ is a call to action for the NHS to deliver comprehensive treatment for tobacco addiction as part of core activity and responsibilities.

The CURE Programme – Rollout across Greater Manchester

Rollout has begun with a launch of CURE at Wythenshawe hospital in October. This is the flagship hospital leading this transformation funded pathway for Greater Manchester Cancer and the highest priority for improving the health of our local population. Greater Manchester Cancer has secured transformational health funds to help develop and implement this service across Greater Manchester.

The first wave of hospitals that will be asked to rollout CURE will be:

1. The Royal Oldham Hospital

2. Fairfield General Hospital (Bury)

3. Salford Royal Hospital

4. Stepping Hill Hospital

5. Tameside General Hospital

6. Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (Wigan Infirmary)

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First Steps

The CURE Project Team will contact each hospital as part of wave 1 to set up a meeting between key stakeholders that would be critical in helping oversee the development and implementation of CURE.

We will present the background and need for the CURE programme as well as the initial results and learning from Phase 1 at Wythenshawe Hospital. 

The numbers for the potential benefits for each trust including admission savings, lives saved and (based on your current admission numbers) will also be determined.

From this a tailored implementation plan will be developed, identifying any potential risks to a planned launch of June/July 2019.

What resources will be available?

There are a number of resources available to those Trusts involved with wave 1, as well as any other Trusts that wish to implement CURE themselves.

These are including (but not limited to):

• e-learning modules,

• patient information,

• patient pathways & protocols

• business cases templates

• job descriptions.

Extensive learning has already been gained from the first phase at Wythenshawe Hospital about the systems needed to support CURE across the Hospital. The CURE Project team will be supporting with programme management and liaising with primary care and community services that will support patients following discharge from hospital.