To raise awareness of the determinants of health and maximise the potential for health promotion interventions that support healthy relationships, positive health and well-being and promote personal responsibility, it is important to ensure that the full range of workers involved with offenders are appropriately equipped with the skills, knowledge and support to provide brief intervention and where appropriate referral to services. Core Competencies at this level (NCSCT, 2010) 2A.1 Assessment and recording of smoking status; • Ask about smoking in an appropriate way, to elicit an accurate response • Record status and action taken on an appropriate computer or paper based system 2A.2 Assessment of readiness to quit; Ask appropriate questions to assess readiness to make a quit attempt Assess willingness to use appropriate treatments 7
2A.3 The health risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting; List the major life-threatening and non-life-threatening diseases caused by Describe the effects of passive smoking on adults and children Explain the benefits of quitting smoking Describe compensatory smoking in relation to reducing frequency of smoking or switching to lower tar cigarettes 2A.4 Reasons why stopping smoking can be difficult; Describe the main features of the tobacco withdrawal syndrome Dispel common myths about the perceived benefits of smoking Describe the social context and psychological effects of tobacco use 2A.5 Treatments to help with stopping smoking; Describe the principles and effectiveness of the specialist services involving behavioural support and medication Describe the various forms of medication and their use Identify commonly used treatment options that have not been found to be effective Explain the importance of directing smokers to treatments with proven effectiveness Respond appropriately to client enquiries on treatment options 2A.6 Referral to local services; Describe the local services and how a client can access them or how a referral can be made List the pros and cons of referring smokers to local services and of providing brief one-off advice Present the local service to clients in an appropriate and positive way 2A.7 Wider context; Describe the role of brief interventions in local and national service provision and targets Briefly describe the national policy framework Level 2 B – Support and Advice This level is delivered by individuals who work with a range of offenders with a variety of needs whose primary role may or may not be in health but, who have been selected and trained to provide additional support to those interested in stopping smoking – these may be members of healthcare, discipline staff, gym staff or offender health trainers and listeners.
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