Stop Smoking Service – ABL Health (County)

Nottinghamshire County Public Health have awarded the Stop Smoking Service to ABL Health

Pharmacies wishing to be involved in the service will have to meet the below requirements and send through relevant documentation for sign up to ABL Health.


All pharmacists are bound by guidelines in their Code of Ethics maintain client confidentiality, privacy and dignity at all times. This is reiterated in the statement from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, “show respect for others”.


Pharmacists supplying Varenicline via the PGD must meet the following requirements.

  •  Be working in a suitable pharmacy with a consultation room.
  •  Will enable provision of Varenicline within 48 hours (maximum timeframe) of being contacted by the client or Specialist Stop Smoking Practitioner of the client`s recommendation.
  • Will ensure that their professional indemnity cover confirms that the activity for providing Varenicline under the PGD is included.
  • Will be a registered member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • They must be registered with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE).
  • Demonstrate their competencies for supplying Varenicline via the PGD through completing the CPPE Declaration of Competence (DoC). This will provide reassurance that a system of clinical governance is in place. A standard operating procedure (SOP) must be in place for this service and will support the clinical governance.
  • Ensure an agreed system is in place to submit reports of client safety incidents to ABL Health.
  • Completed the online NCSCT training on Brief Intervention and smoking cessation medication ( and PGD training as appropriate.
  • It is the responsibility of the participating pharmacist to assess the clients

–  suitability against the PGD inclusion and exclusion criteria and the SPCs

–  indications and contra-indications

  • Liaise with other healthcare professionals and ABL Health Ltd Stop Smoking Service Practitioners when necessary
  • Will supply Varenicline in accordance to the PDG.
  • Will comply to the Equality Act 2020.
  • Keep accurate records for payments and submit via the electronic Pharma outcomes system 4 weekly

You will receive a letter for clients wanting Champix from the stop smoking service, a copy of which is in the PGD.

Documents for the service

Service Level Agreement for the Provision of Varenicline by Pharmacists Notts (3) (1)

Expression of interest form

Patient Group Direction Nottinghamshire