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Tobacco dependency project lead

Band 7

Main area
Patient safety
Band 7
Fixed term: 1 year
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£40,057 - £45,839 pa pro rata
Salary period
10/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to develop the tobacco dependency service, as part of the wider patient safety team. You will lead a small team of tobacco dependency advisors and work alongside the respiratory team to assist patients in smoking cessation both as inpatient and outpatients. 

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What we’re looking for

A patient focused registered healthcare professional, with experience and expertise leading project or addiction/smoking cessation. You will need to be able to be patient facing at times so you can work alongside the tobacco dependency advisors. You must have excellent communication and presentation skills, and able to work independently and prioritise and delegate appropriately. This is a new service so experience setting up or running services will be beneficial. 

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Friday, 15th July 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Relevant degree (or working towards one)
  • Knowledge of tobacco treatment
  • Understanding of the drivers of ill health
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NHS Long Term Plan for tobacco dependency
Desirable criteria
  • Qualification in Public Health
  • Trained in motivational training
  • NCSCT practitioner training


Essential criteria
  • Expert knowledge, clinical skills and experience in public health work
  • Understanding of evidence-based practice
  • Experience of planning and implementing programmes
  • Experience in evaluating training programmes
  • Experience working with people in a behaviour change context.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within a healthcare/health setting.
  • Teaching/ Training experience
  • Experience in leading audits and/or research
  • Knowledge of tobacco dependency provision within the wider community

Aptitudes and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Word processing skills including email, Microsoft office and excel.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Evaluation skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, using interpreters as required
  • Leadership within a team
  • Good interpersonal skills and confidence dealing with sensitive issues
  • Able to deliver factual information using reassurance, tact and empathy
  • Risk management skill
  • Evidence of previous team working
  • An understanding of confidentiality and the ability to adhere to and implement Information Governance guidelines
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to use carbon monoxide monitors

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Self-motivated.
  • Be supportive and encouraging to people, offering advice and motivation in a non-judgemental manner
  • Ability to prioritise workload for themselves and their team
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self-awareness of limitations of skills and ability to work within them

Special Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to withstand periods of being exposed to distressing or emotional circumstances, dealing with distressed, angry, aggressive or unreasonable people
  • Ability to work flexibly across core hours Monday to Friday

Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working together

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Becky Bonfield
Job title
AKI Lead Advanced Nurse Practitioner
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