Smoking in pregnancy training materials
This page contains resources to support the training of those involved in smoking in pregnancy care pathways.
Challenge Group training materials
The Challenge Group has produced a number of simple materials to serve as aids to local training for those involved in smoking in pregnancy care pathways.
These consist of three infographics, a brief reference guide and an animated video which will help specialists in the complex task of guiding pregnant smokers to a successful quit attempt. These materials are all free to use and have been produced in collaboration between Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Public Health England.
Full video – How to help pregnant women quit smoking (download from Google Drive)
Part 1 – Harms from exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy (download from Google Drive)
Part 2 – Carbon monoxide screening and ‘Very Brief Advice’ (download from Google Drive)
Part 3 – How stop smoking specialists help pregnant women to quit (download from Google Drive)
NCSCT online briefings and training
The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) has a range of online briefings and training. They also provide face to face training and support:
- Smoking cessation: a briefing for midwifery staff
- Very Brief Advice on smoking for pregnant women online training
- Secondhand smoke: promoting smokefree homes and cars online training
The same online training is also provided through e-Learning for Healthcare (see below) and by the Royal College of Midwives.
e-Learning for Healthcare
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked with PHE, NHS Improvement and the NCSCT to develop some new e-learning resources highlighting the importance of supporting women to have a smokefree pregnancy. The resources focus on the delivery of Very Brief Advice (VBA) and Carbon Monoxide monitoring. There are also a series of new educational materials to support local training on these topics, including two short films.
These new resources offer further tools to help healthcare professionals describe the main effects of smoking upon the health of mother and baby, understand the patterns and prevalence of smoking among pregnant women and provide an overview of VBA (ASK, ADVISE, ACT) and where this fits into the care pathway.
For more information about the e-learning programme visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/smoking-in-pregnancy/