Decision details

Decision to extend the Herefordshire Stop Smoking Services Pharmacotherapy – a county-wide provision of Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Decision Maker: Director of public health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


A review of the service model was planned in conjunction with the NHS long-term plan and local healthcare services provided by WVT, following the announcement of the government strategy for a Smoke Free Generation: Stopping the Start and resulting initiatives and funding, extending the current pharmacotherapy will allow time to consider the impact of some of the initiatives and also future service design.

Behavioural support is provided by healthy lifestyle trainers (in-house); this element of the contract is for the supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Generally, this is only available from pharmacies and this is the most convenient method of obtaining NRT for service users – increasing engagement and success rates.

An extension of 1 year to the current AQP framework would allow for the
uninterrupted continued provision of NRT and also the increase in suppliers to the framework which is important as some areas of the county do not currently have a pharmacy signed up to the AQP framework agreement.

Contact: Matt Pearce, Director of Public Health Email: Tel: 01432 383783.

Publication date: 08/02/2024

Date of decision: 18/12/2023