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Queen Mary University of London

Newham Stop Smoking Practitioner

Job description

The Health & Lifestyle Research Unit (HAL) wishes to recruit a Stop Smoking Practitioner to provide the day-to-day specialist tobacco cessation support to residents of Newham.

Key duties of the role include:

Provide intensive support for smokers and tobacco users using Pharmacotherapies and behavioural support to targeted segments of the population who have complex needs i.e. COPD, MH/SMI and pregnancy.
Maintain motivation of clients during times of emotional distress, with occasional exposure to distressing circumstances, such as diagnosis of chronic/terminal illness, mental health issues, addiction to other drugs/substances.
Communicate complex information to clients in a culturally sensitive manner, and provide a culturally sensitive approach to cessation with regard to protected characteristics in accordance with Equalities and Diversity Policies.
Maintain resources for outreach sessions, workshops, presentations and community events
About You

The successful candidate will have experience in smoking cessation (or have undergone the necessary training). They will have excellent communication and accurate record-keeping skills, as well as the ability to prioritise their workload according to both the needs of the service and the project timetable.

About the School/Department/Institute/Project

The HAL Unit, within the Centre for Public Health & Policy, is a leading research group focusing on tobacco dependence and its treatments, and on weight management interventions. The Unit is already providing a stop smoking service to Tower Hamlets, and was then commissioned by the London Boroughs of Newham and Waltham Forest to provide their stop smoking service provision. Newham was without a specialist service for five years, and has around 50,000 adult smokers, equating to 18.2% of people aged 18 and over, compared with the average of 13.9% in London, and 14.1% in England.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at Stepney Green in London. There are three posts available – one full-time (35 hours per week) and two part-time (17.5 hours), fixed term for 12 months. The starting salary will be Grade 3, in the range of £28,208 - £30,445 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Shamsia Begum at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2021.

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