Quality Improvement in Tobacco Treatment (QuITT)

Tackling tobacco dependency is part of the NHS Long Term Plan and is a step in reducing health inequalities experienced by people with severe mental illness.

To address this, the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) are launching the Quality Improvement in Tobacco Treatment (QuITT) Collaborative. The collaborative will be delivered with subject matter expertise from Action for Smoking Health (ASH), with whom the NCCMH have formed a partnership in work involving mental health and smoking.

The broad aims of the QuITT Collaborative are to:

  • work with every NHS Mental Health Trust in England to establish inpatient tobacco dependency services and increase the number of patients in tobacco treatment using quality improvement (QI) methodology with support from dedicated QI Coaches.
  • provide opportunities for peer-to-peer learning through bimonthly in-person events, where those involved will be invited to share the progress of their projects, ideas they are testing, share challenges and network.

The NCCMH will also be carrying out an evaluation of the seven smoking cessation community sites, established as part of an NHS England pilot, to inform the roll out of future community sites.

The QuITT programme will be delivered in two waves over the course of two years, working with half of NHS Mental Health Trusts in England in wave 1, and the remaining half in wave 2. The programme is funded by NHS England and there is no fee for Trusts to take part.

Wave 1 will launch on Monday 14 November 2022, with an in-person event in London.

QuITT Collaborative Q&A session 

We would like to invite anyone who would like to find out more about the collaborative to join our virtual Q&A Session on Tuesday 4 October from 4.30pm-5.20pm. To sign up for the Q&A session, please complete the online form. We will also record the session and make the recording available for anyone who is not able to make the event live.

QuITT Collaborative registration

Registration for the collaborative will be opening shortly.

For more information, please email QUITT@rcpsych.ac.uk and we will be happy to answer any questions.

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