This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England during the period 1 April 2013 to 31 December 2013. It includes information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the 4 week follow-up. In addition to presenting in depth analyses of the key measures of the service including pregnant women, breakdowns by ethnic group, socio-economic classification as well as by intervention type and setting and type of pharmacotherapy received and regional analyses at Region and Local Authority (LA) levels.
On 1 April 2013 responsibility for commissioning NHS Stop Smoking Services transferred from Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to Local Authorities (LAs). Due to transitional reasons, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has not submitted data for Quarter 1, 2 and 3. Derby City Council (Unitary) has not submitted data for quarter 3. Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and North Tyneside Council have submitted incomplete data for Quarter 3. Figures for Bournemouth Borough Council (Unitary) also include data for Borough of Poole Council (Unitary) in Quarter 1. Manchester City Council are still working to resolve a data quality issue and these data are also excluded from this report.
A further six organisations (Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, Southend-On-Sea Borough Council, Essex County Council, Derby City Council (Unitary), Wakefield Council and North Tyneside Council) have not been able to provide finance data for Quarter 1, 2 and 3.
Therefore, some figures in this report are under reported and caution should be exercised if attempting comparisons with previous years' data.
Quarterly results from the monitoring of NHS SSS for 2013-14 are provisional and will subsequently be revised to account for any revisions submitted by LAs throughout the year. At this stage, any comparisons between 2013-14 and earlier years compare provisional figures with final figures. Final figures for 2013-14 will be included in the end of year report, expected to be published in August 2014.