This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April to June 2008. This report includes information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the four week follow-up. It also presents a more in depth analyses of the key measures of the service, presenting results by a variety of demographic and service delivery breakdowns. Regional analyses at Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and Primary Care Trust (PCT) geographies are also presented.
This is the first quarterly report on NHS Stop Smoking Services data using aggregated PCT level returns on NHS Stop Smoking Services activity records. This allows more in-depth analysis of the data enabling more detailed patterns of service use and delivery to be identified than have previously been available from SHA aggregate returns. Much of the information, previously only available at a national level, is now available for each SHA.
In 2008/09 there have been new data items added to the collection. This includes data for the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the four week follow-up by socio economic classification, eligibility to receive free prescriptions, intervention setting and intervention type. This bulletin reports on these newly collected data items. However we recognise that there are known weaknesses with some of this newly collected data, but rather than withhold this already useful dataset we are releasing it labelled as 'experimental statistics' where appropriate and are seeking input from users to help us bring about rapid improvements and developments needed to support key NHS business and policy areas.