Quality Improvement in Tobacco Treatment (QuITT)

The Quality Improvement in Tobacco Treatment Collaborative is a quality improvement collaborative that aims to increase the number of patients in mental health inpatient units receiving smoking cessation treatment.

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) have launched the Quality Improvement in Tobacco Treatment (QuITT) Collaborative. The collaborative is being 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 quarterly 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 rounds over the course of two years, working with half of NHS Mental Health Trusts in England in round 1, and the remaining half in round 2. The programme is funded by NHS England and there is no fee for Trusts to take part.

Round 1 of this Collaborative launched on Monday 14th November 2022, with an in-person event at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

QuITT events

We held our Q&A session about this collaborative on 4 October 2022. Watch our recording of this session below and find out more:

If you have any questions or are interested in joining round 2, please contact quitt@rcpsych.ac.uk.

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