Public Health practitioner resources

Stop smoking

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which have immediate effects that compromise the body’s ability to heal and increase the risks associated with anaesthesia.

In addition to the general health risks associated with smoking, a patient who smokes is also at a much greater risk of anaesthetic complications and surgical site infections. We encourage practitioners to make direct referrals to Stop Smoking services which offer an effective intervention to enable patients to stop smoking.

Weight management

Obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon).

Hampshire has developed a primary care pathway for managing overweight and obesity from universal Services at Tier 1 to specialist bariatric Services in Tier 4. Tier 2 Weight Management Service for those with a BMI of 30+ (BMI 28+ and a co-morbidity that is adversely affected by their weight) is currently provided by Weight Watchers. Also POWeR, a new evidenced based online weight management programme is available free to all patients who want to lose weight and have a BMI of 25+.

Drugs and alcohol

Excess alcohol consumption is the third highest risk factor for avoidable ill health in England (after smoking and obesity). In Hampshire around one in five adults drink more alcohol than the safe recommended levels.

Health checks

NHS Health Checks are for eligible 40-74 year olds to prevent or spot the early signs of serious cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and stroke. The NHS Health Check assesses circulatory and vascular health and the risk of getting such diseases.

Tailored advice is then provided to improve or maintain health to enjoy life for longer. There is a range of Hampshire guidance and resources available to aid your delivery of the programme.

Clinical System MIQUEST guidance
Letters and promotional materials
NHS Health Check - online training
Hampshire Lifestyles Signposting Directory

This directory has been produced to support practitioners and front line staff trained in Making Every Contact Count (MECC), who are engaging with healthy conversations.

Hampshire Lifestyle Services Signposting Directory

Mental Health

This guide is to support your mental health and wellbeing. You will find helpful tips and links to a range of resources, including information on where to find specific support and urgent care if needed.

We have also developed specific mental health and wellbeing guides for staff and volunteers and managers working in the community.

Suicide prevention training for staff working in Hampshire.

Our mental health & wellbeing training offer aims to help staff and volunteers working in the community develop their skills and confidence in supporting others.