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Success for Smokefree Ealing

04 Mar 2015

Smokefree Ealing and Abdi Ali, an advisor at the service, won a Department of Health, celebrating public health excellence award yesterday, as recognition for outstanding and effective work on the Ealing Khat project.

The award was down to the hard work of the Smokefree Ealing team for delivering a successful pilot Khat project, as a result of the ban and re-classification of Khat in June 2014 and for continued smoking cessation services.

Dr Jackie Chin, Ealing Council’s director of public health, supported the nomination of Abdi for the award. Abdi attended a celebration event yesterday, hosted by Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Public Health at the House of Commons.

In December 2014, the Smokefree Ealing service was also nominated and won the national healthcare provider award at the national HAYA Somali community awards.

Dr Jackie Chin said: “We have heard first-hand the negative effect Khat use can have on mental health and family life. So as commissioners of this project we are delighted to learn that its success has been acknowledged by the Somali community it was set-up to support.

“I would like to join Ealing’s Somali community in thanking the Smokefree Ealing team for their hard work and dedication.”

Johnny Nota is service manager at Smokefree Ealing, attended both award ceremonies and said: “I am delighted that the hard work of our team has been recognised so much recently. Abdi has done amazing work in the Ealing community with the Khat project.

“I’m also particularly happy with the HAYA Somali award which was voted by the Somali community, recognising the effectiveness of Smokefree Ealing projects in delivering to a perceived ‘hard to reach’ community”.

Johnny also praised the commitment of staff in service delivery whilst thanking Public Health at Ealing Council in taking a leap of faith, responding to a business proposal and commissioning the Khat pilot project in Ealing.

Contact details: Kate O’Neill, communications officer, 020 8354 8737, kate.oneill@wlmht.nhs.uk