Supporting teams to improve smoking cessation services in the acute care setting

'Supporting teams to improve smoking cessation in the acute care setting' is a 9-month QI course based on the IHI Breakthrough Collaborative model, aimed at clinical teams working on smoking cessation in their Trusts.

Designed by the RCP Quality Improvement (RCPQI) programme, the course consists of three 1-day learning sessions plus supporting action periods (periods in between learning sessions for teams to progress their project in their Trust) and coaching calls.

Course dates and locations

  • w/c 20 August 2018: Introductory calls – introduction to the programme and how to prepare for learning session 1
  • 24 September 2018: Learning session 1 (Holiday Inn, Birmingham City Centre)
  • October-November 2018: Action period 1 – including individual coaching calls
  • 7 December 2018: Learning session 2 (Holiday Inn, Birmingham City Centre)
  • January-March 2019: Action period 2 – including individual coaching calls
  • 5 April 2019: Learning session 3 (Holiday Inn, Birmingham City Centre)

What you will learn

Physicians and their teams will be supported to implement improvements smoking cessation services in Hospitals, using an evidence-based approach. You will join with other teams at the learning sessions to share practice and will be updated in methods of implementing and sustaining change for measurable improvements in care. Teams will receive coaching support in action periods between the sessions.

This quality improvement collaborative course will allow you to:

  • gain a better understanding of how to interpret the findings from your data
  • learn how to facilitate changes and improvements in patient care
  • become a smoking cessation champion.

Who should attend?

This collaborative course is designed for people who want to improve care for patients and are motivated to achieve this using improvement techniques and incremental change.

Teams should comprise three or four members, ideally including one physician, one manager and one other healthcare professional. If possible, please consider including a patient as a member of your team.

Teams may include more than four people working on the project in the trust, but four places per team is the maximum available for the learning sessions. If a team member is unable to make a given learning session then another member of the team may take their place.

What do I need to do?

Teams should have identified one area of care within their service where national benchmarked data shows the need for improvement.

You need to plan to come as a team for the entire course. Teams must be committed to meet fortnightly, at a minimum, to progress their project during the improvement collaborative.

Course fee

The cost of the course is £1,000 per team for three taught learning sessions and all additional support.

Teams will need to cover their own travel and, where necessary, accommodation costs.

How to book

Booking for this collaborative has now closed. For information on future collaboratives please email