Ko Awatea has published an improvement guide describing how an innovative self-management support project, Smokefree Buffet, is helping people with long-term conditions to quit smoking.
The project was developed by Counties Manukau Health’s Living Smokefree Service as part of the Ko Awatea campaign Manaaki Hauora – Supporting Wellness, which aimed to provide self-management support for people living with long-term conditions in Counties Manukau.
Smokefree Buffet gives clients with long-term conditions in four key areas – secondary care, primary care, mental health and maternity care – access to a full range of evidence-based support options to stop smoking, encourages clients to engage with stop-smoking services, and enables healthcare professionals to advise and refer clients confidently for ongoing support.
The project contributed to increased engagement with the Living Smokefree Service and improved outcomes for its clients. The Living Smokefree Service achieved a 58 per cent increase in the number of referrals and doubled the number of people who successfully quit smoking.
“I have been smokefree now for 10 months. I’m winning and I feel great,” says Melanie, a client. “My mouth doesn’t taste yuck anymore, my fingers are not yellow and I don’t smell of smoke. I feel better for being smokefree.”
Michelle Lee, smokefree advisor for maternity services, says that other benefits of the Smokefree Buffet project helped with closer collaboration among healthcare services, improved service delivery and addressing the equity gap.
The Smokefree Buffet improvement guide describes the change package of improvement ideas that the project team developed using the Model for Improvement. This approach to improvement was used by teams in the Manaaki Hauora – Supporting Wellness campaign. Under the Model for Improvement, teams set clear aims and measures and then develop and test change ideas using plan, do, study, act cycles.
“It’s a great resource for other healthcare teams involved in smoking cessation to learn from what we did with improvement methodology,” says Mrs Lee.