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  • Introduction

    This comprehensive suite of training materials provides trainers with high-quality, evidence-based resources to support local training delivery to NHS staff who will be providing specialist tobacco treatment in community mental health.

    The training suite was developed to support the rollout of the community mental health specialty tobacco treatment pathway which focusses on treating tobacco in people with severe mental illness (SMI). Training course content was informed by research and best practices for tailoring treatment to people with SMI and was developed by leading experts in the field.

    Target audience
    Course materials are designed for the training of health care professionals who will be delivering specialist tobacco dependence treatment to people with severe mental health illness (SMI) as part of the NHS long term plan rollout in community mental health settings. Note: course materials are not specifically directed to staff working in inpatient settings.

    About the training materials
    Training materials have been designed for both virtual (via Zoom, Teams) or face-to-face delivery. Course content is also available in modular format so that localities can tailor the training to meet local needs.

    The training suite includes all the necessary resources for delivering a two-day training course, including:

    • Participant registration form, course outline and timetable
    • Comprehensive trainer's guides
    • PowerPoint slides
    • Detailed presenter's notes
    • Film clips
    • Participant handouts
    • Course evaluation materials
    • Administration checklists

    The training materials include presentations, case studies, role-play, film clips, group work and experiential-based learning techniques.

    Modifying the training materials for local use
    These training resources have been developed by national experts, deliver current evidence-based best practice, including findings from the SCIMITAR programme, and reflect the core components of the NHSE tobacco treatment pathway for community mental health. As such, training content should not be modified. There are specific sections indicated where you can add local data, pathways or other information to tailor the training to your locality provided it is consistent with learning objectives of this course.

    We welcome your feedback
    The NCSCT has been commissioned by NHSE to formally review and update these resources annually until September 2027. If you have any suggestions for improvements to the training resources then please use the feedback form below or email:

    To view the suite of training resources, If you experience problems downloading the suite of training materials, please contact your trust IT department for help as it is likely that the problem lies with access from your trust.