In light of the rapid spread of COVID-19 the NCSCT is recommending that face-to-face stop smoking consultations cease immediately.
We recommend that behavioural support continues to be provided via telephone (or Skype/Facetime to maintain face-to-face contact where possible) For now you can continue to deliver the Standard Treatment Programme over the telephone: available HERE.
In addition, a temporary postal NRT service has been set up for Pregnant Women:
Postal NRT for Pregnant Women during Covid-19
May 27 Update: Communication from the Commissioner
Some pharmacies have contacted me to get clarification about how to complete the smoking cessation registration template carbon monoxide field with face-to-face readings being suspended due to COVID-19.
I have spoken to Pharmoutcomes and you are advised to put a value of 0 in the carbon monoxide field and add a note in the notes field to state ‘self-reported’ and not ‘CO-verified’ please.
Therefore, payments will still be made to your practice for a successful quit attempt without a CO reading.
I’m also attaching the NCST Guidelines link about face-to-face contact which I put on Pharmoutcomes.
Commissioner (Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking Cessation)