Smoking Cessation Service (SCS)

The Smoking Cessation Service (SCS) was commissioned as an Advanced service from March 2022.

Further information can be found via: Smoking Cessation service – Community Pharmacy England (

Key Documents

The following key documents have now been published. Please read these documents before providing the service.

Please ensure all of your pharmacy team, including locums are aware that you are providing the service and have completed the relevant training.

Delivering the SCS Service

To successfully deliver the service, pharmacy teams should ensure the following:

  1. PharmOutcomes is checked regularly throughout the day for referrals. This task can be carried out by any member of the pharmacy team
  2. Patient follow ups must be completed within the 5-day window of receiving the referral. This task can be carried out by any member of the pharmacy team as the aim of this part of the process is to explain to the patient what the service is, what they can expect and to arrange an appointment with the pharmacist at a time convenient for the patient and the pharmacist involved

N.B there is a significant risk of patients running out of NRT or starting smoking again if the pharmacy does not contact the patient in a timely manner

Withdrawing from the service

If you have signed up to deliver the service but are no longer able to participate, you will need to deregister for the service with MYS, giving 1 months’ notice:

Please reject any referrals you cannot manage in PharmOutcomes so the patient can be referred to another pharmacy for support

SCS Rollout Across Greater Manchester

The GM ICS and CPPB are working on the implementation of the SCS Advanced service. Please see the planned rollout dates for trusts below. We encourage contractors to ensure they are signed and ready to deliver the SCS service in preparation for the service rollout. These are the approximate dates and are subject to change.

Briefing, Webinars and Toolkits


Service toolkits


GM Healthcare Academy hosted a series of webinars. These were each supported by the CSU and a Lead CURE Nurse from a GM Hospital.