04 Nov 2016
The Smokefree Ealing team have been running a competition to encourage wards throughout the trust to support going smokefree for the month of October.
All wards from Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing got involved in creating unique promotional materials, supporting events, and running new activities for the ward. Since the trust went smokefree in January 2016, it’s vital that staff and patients feel supported to give up smoking.
Congratulations to the following wards with the most creative and passionate approach to promoting Stoptober who won the competition:
Hammersmith & Fulham – Lillie ward
Well done to Kike Adetola, Emily Broadhurst (pictured) and Pawel Spocinski.
“We promoted activities to encourage a healthier lifestyle, and provided healthier food to promote healthier diet as well as raising awareness about smoking.”
Hounslow – Grosvenor ward
Well done to Lauren Wright (pictured), Sabrina Safta (pictured), and Priscillia Frimpong.
Staff Nurses and HCAs took lead on this campaign, and used patient involvement in designing their posters.
Ealing – Mott House
Well done to Mary Eslbaby and Maurice Morgan.
Pictured left to right: Daniel Brobbey, Dr Nahid Azizi, Seth Adediran, Mary Elsabahy, Dr Ammara Musood, Elsie Okorie, Melvin Ade.
The entire team, including all medical staff and patients, worked together in creating resources and supporting each other in morning meetings. Mott House also included “Dine with me” cooking lessons to promote healthier eating.
Student nurse Kwabena Agyeo-Boakye came up with a new initiative of bracelets, which patients could make to help keep them busy during their cravings. This encouraged service users to keep their hands busy as a way of managing their cravings.
Smoking rates amongst people with a mental health condition are significantly higher than in the general population, and there is a strong association between smoking and mental health conditions. The Stoptober Campaign is a great way to engage in conversations around smoking behaviour and general physical health, and empower patients to make a quit attempt. The events run by wards, as well as the implementation of e-cigarettes throughout the trust, will help create a healthier environment for everyone.
Cheryl Virdi, tobacco dependence specialist for mental health who led the campaign for the trust, said: “It was fantastic to see how each ward came together and engaged with their patients in promoting Stoptober. Well done to you all and thank you to all the smoking cessation advisors for making a valuable difference.”