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New Stop Smoking Service launches in Knowsley

02 October, 2013

Hull City players Paul McShane, Robbie Brady and Tom Huddlestone launching the City Health Care Partnership Stoptober campaign

City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP CIC) celebrated the launch of their new Stop Smoking Service in Knowsley yesterday.

CHCP CIC are the biggest provider of Stop Smoking Services in Hull and the East Riding and are delighted to be taking their very successful services to Merseyside. They will provide specialist stop smoking support, advice and training to encourage people in the Knowsley area to quit. The service will be driven to achieve the three Public Health outcomes for tobacco: reducing smoking amongst adults, cutting the number of pregnant women who smoke and reducing smoking in 15-year-olds.

An event on 30th September saw CHCP CIC’s chief executive Andrew Burnell officially launch the service, which starts work on 1st October. Knowsley residents will be able to use a range of tools and support to help them stop smoking, including walk-in clinics, digital services such as Quit Online and Quit Buddy, which allow people to quit via computers or mobile phones, and dedicated support for young people, pregnant women and their families and workplaces.

Giles Bridgeman, Head of Sexual and Public Health Services for CHCP CIC, said, ‘Last year we helped over 5,300 people to quit smoking in Hull and the East Riding so we know we have the relevant experiences and skills to deliver effective services. Our plan is to transfer our successful approach to the Knowsley area and deliver a high quality service that’s valued by local people.’

City Health Care Partnership is not only the biggest Stop Smoking provider in Hull and the East Riding, it is also the largest social enterprise. All profits from its growing ventures are reinvested in services, staff and the local community and it is a co-owned business, with all permanent staff members given the opportunity to buy a £1 share in the company, giving them a real stake in its success.

1 October also marks the beginning of Stoptober, a campaign to encourage people to give up smoking for a month. In support of the campaign, Hull City players were photographed in special Stoptober t-shirts.