Tobacco Dependency Advisor

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Closing Date: 16/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Flexible, Full Time, Part Time
Locations Darlington, Middlesbrough
Salary £21,777 Per Year
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a number of Tobacco Dependency Advisors to join our new Tobacco Dependency Treatment Service across the Trust.

We are looking to recruit a number of Band 3 staff as Tobacco Dependency Advisors, who will be based in one of the main hospital sites. These are full or part-time permanent positions with the opportunity to work flexibly between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday each week. Weekend working will also be an option for those staff wishing to access enhanced working hours.

You will engage regularly with patients to offer advice, support and treatment options. There will be a requirement to travel locally in some of the directorates.

The Advisors must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience of working within a mental health setting and prior experience of smoking cessation support would be an advantage, but not essential as full training will be provided.

It is essential for this role that you will be fully supportive of the Trusts smoke free policy, acting as a smoke free champion as part of your work.

Working hours available:

Foss Park Hospital-York x1 (30 hours per week)

Cross Lane Hospital-Scarborough x1 (22.5 hours per week)

For further information please contact Lesley Colley (Smoke free Lead) at or on Mobile: 07469 375890

Main duties of the job

Support the assessment, development and implement of treatment plans for patients identified as smokers throughout the treatment period whilst providing behavioural and motivational support.

Work with patients on a one to one or group basis where appropriate to assess and agree a treatment and support plan to meet their individual requirements.

Assessment and subsequent support may take place in a range of venues including the smoker’s own home.

Report to the relevant tobacco dependency lead nurse on interventions and outcomes on a regular basis.

Ensure that the service adopts a Making Every Contact Count (MECC) approach in contacts with patients

Develop and maintain relationships with individuals and their families to educate, facilitate and promote change, also identifying and managing any risks related to patient care.

Facilitate any transfer of care into Community Stop Smoking Services (CSSS) provision, such as Local Authority CSSS or primary care including GP or Pharmacy services.

Offer therapeutic and supportive interventions to support a quit attempt whilst maintaining patient confidentiality.

Take and record patients carbon monoxide monitor readings and practice safely within infection, prevention, and control measures.

Advise patients on the use of stop smoking pharmacotherapy, including NRT and E-cigarettes.

Contribute to the long-term development of the onsite tobacco dependency treatment service.

About us

As part of our newly developed team, we aim to provide the best possible experience and outcomes for our patients, their carers/family members and our colleagues. We aim to be caring, compassionate and supportive Team members. We will value greatly each other’s’ contributions and look to ensure the wellbeing of our staff members is a priority. We ensure the Team’s culture will be based on honesty, openness, transparency and accountability. As part of the team, we will offer regular supervision and appraisals and a variety of learning/ personal development opportunities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will need Basic Maths and English skills (minimum Functional Level 2) and NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care or equivalent to be recruited into the position on Band 3.

Previous experience of working with people with mental/social health needs or learning disabilities is essential to the role. Applicants must have worked within Mental Health/Learning Disability services for a minimum of 3 years and have a passion for improving both the physical and mental health of patients in our care.

As a Tobacco Dependency Advisor, you will be based in one of the Trust main hospital sites and be responsible for supporting patients identified as smokers to maintain a smoke free status during an admission. Full and part time positions will be available inclusive of flexible working hours Monday to Friday each week. Weekend working hours are also available should staff prefer to receive enhancements.

Knowledge of the smoke free agenda is desirable but not essential as full training and support will be provided to the successful candidates to ensure they achieve all levels of training required to fulfil the role.

Please refer to the job description for additional information.

Person Specification



  • Basic Maths and English skills (minimum Functional Level 2) NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care


  • National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) Level 2 Practitioner Training -Inclusive of the Mental Health module



  • Previous experience of working with people with mental/social health needs or learning disabilities. Previous experience as a Band 2/3 HCA or equivalent in a care environment.


  • Self-awareness around limitations of skills and competencies and ability to work within them.



  • A knowledge and understanding of drivers of ill health Confidence in working with a wide variety of partners. Motivational skills to inspire others


  • Knowledge of tobacco dependency and treatment

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

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