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Royal Free London Hospital Trust (RFL) is seeking a Tobacco Dependency Adviser to deliver an effective, high quality tobacco treatment service as part of the Healthy Living Hub. The post holder will support patients and staff and liaise with community services across North Central London. Providing treatment advice and support to individuals who want to stop smoking and improve other general lifestyle behaviours including healthy eating, physical activity, and alcohol intake.

The service requires a highly motivated, patient focused individual, committed to achieving the Royal Free World Class values to be positively welcoming, actively respectful, clearly communicating and visibly reassuring.

Main duties of the job

The role includes Tobacco Dependency responsibilities and administrative duties.

Specifically, the post holder will:

  • Support the implementation of the Ottawa Model of care in an acute setting, delivering 1:1 Tobacco Dependency interventions.
  • Complete follow up phone calls for clients at 7- and 28-days post discharge from hospital and liaise with Community Stop Smoking services to manage referrals.
  • Support the Healthy Living Hub Programme manager in integrating tobacco dependency treatment as part of routine care.
  • Work with people to change their behaviour to improve their health including patients and staff.
  • Use professional expertise to develop a suitable support plan for each individual, referring to community services as necessary.
  • Organise and deliver advice and support to ward staff, including reinforcing the training provided to in-patient teams by the Healthy Living Hub Programme manager to reduce harm from tobacco and unhealthy lifestyle choices.
  • To competently use trust IT systems to update patient records and service outcomes.
  • Promote the general health and wellbeing of people who use the service through offering healthy lifestyle advice and support.

About us

Royal Free World Class Values

The post holder will offer World Class Care to service users, staff, colleagues, clients and patients alike so that everyone at the Royal Free can feel:

  • Welcoming all of the time
  • Confident because we are clearly
  • Respected and cared for
  • Reassured that they are always in safe hands.

The team are welcoming and supportive, we have regular communication and share experiences. We encourage opportunities to learn and work together to ensure people are supported.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Clinical responsibilities

1.1. Implement the Healthy Living Hub programme plan via the delivery of tobacco dependency interventions, providing advice and support, including advice on stop smoking pharmacotherapy and wider behaviour change support. This will involve face to face sessions in a variety of settings and venues across the Trust, working closely with community services and community pharmacists.

1.2. Support the implementation of the Ottawa Model of care in an acute setting, delivering tobacco dependency interventions and providing a support plan for each patient, including referrals, and recommending treatments based on assessed needs. Where more than one support plan is appropriate, use professional judgment to identify the best support plan for the individual.

1.3. Provide inpatient support and expertise for hesitant patients.

1.4. Provide Level 2 one-to-one support to patients in outpatient clinics to NCSCT standards.

1.5. Plan and organise briefings for clinical staff on implementing tobacco cessation, pharmacotherapy and MECC for wider health behaviours. Ensuring that the content is tailored to each audience and support the wider aims and ambitions identified within the Healthy Living Hub programme plan.

1.8. Support the Healthy Living Hub Programme manager in delivery of additional behavioural interventions as required. Act as Healthy Living Hub champion

1.9. Reflect on procedures and practices within the Healthy Living Hub and assist the programme manager with ongoing service development, policies, and practices.

2. Administrative responsibilities and Information resources

2.1. Process all patient referral information promptly preparing relevant monitoring forms and recording appointments and inpatient assessments in the appropriate databases.

2.2. Maintain Healthy Living Hub data records on a daily basis, entering all relevant patient level data, and producing and distributing monthly summary report using a range of IT applications.

2.3. On receipt of a smoking cessation referrals to the Healthy Living Hub, contact the referring physician and/or healthcare professional as required and patient promptly to arrange follow up support or referral to community stop smoking services.

2.6. Correspondence with Community service teams and other VCS partners accepting and making referrals.

2.7. Store patient records securely ensuring data protection regulations are applied at all times.

2.8. Assist the Healthy Living Hub Programme manager with administration of events and promotional activities for the service.

Person Specification

Education & professional Qualifications


  • Level 2 (NCSCT or equivalent) Stop Smoking Adviser qualification
  • NVQ level 3 in Health care (or equivalent)
  • A level or equivalent standard of education
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel


  • Specific training in health promotion interventions

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values – welcoming, respectful, communicating, reassuring



  • Experience of providing healthcare, healthcare advice or health promotion advice to patients or members of the public
  • Administration experience in a large organisation using Outlook, Excel, Word, and patient database systems


  • Experience of working with people with complex conditions such as severe mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Experience of delivering or assisting with lifestyle behavioural interventions in a group setting
  • Experience of using stop smoking databases

Skills and aptitudes


  • Knowledge of good practice in behavioural interventions as specified by relevant governing bodies (e.g., NICE, NCST etc.)
  • Knowledge of treatments and guidance for harm reduction
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiasm and ability to motivate others.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with excellent spoken and written English



  • Ability to accommodate ad hoc demands to existing workload.
  • Ability to work flexibly i.e., work late to accommodate events

Personal Qualities & attributes


  • Empathetic, self-motivated
  • Realistic and able to recognise the limits of own competence
  • Willing to seek advice and support to develop own skills and knowledge
  • Good team worker

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

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