Training for Health Professionals

Please see below for online training modules to help support you with providing smoking cessation advice to patients.

Very Brief Advice (VBA) on Smoking

VBA is a simple form of advice designed to be used opportunistically in less than 30 seconds in almost any consultation with a smoker.


Very Brief Advice (VBA) – on Smoking for Pregnant Women

Smoking in pregnancy poses significant health risks to the mother and to the baby. VBA is a proven intervention that has the potential to improve the health, and even save the life, of both mother & baby


Very Brief Advice (VBA) – on Secondhand Smoke: promoting smoke free homes and cars

This training module has been developed by the NCSCT to teach health professionals how best to raise the issue of secondhand smoke exposure and promote smokefree homes and cars.



Upcoming training

Please note, all training is virtual and will take place via MS Teams unless otherwise specified. 


Practitioner Update training:

This training is to update existing NCSCT accredited advisors who are delivering a stop smoking service

Wednesday 9th February (1.30pm – 4.30pm)


Stop Smoking Practitioner training :

This training is for new stop smoking practitioners who have completed the online NCSCT practitioner training

Wednesday 23rd February (9am – 5pm) 

Wednesday 2nd March  (9am – 5pm)

Very Brief Advice (VBA) training :

VBA is a simple piece of advice that can be used opportunistically in almost any consultation with a smoker, and takes less than 30 seconds. This training is for anyone who engages with smokers. 

Tuesday 15th February (9.30am – 12.30pm)

Wednesday 6th April (1.30pm – 4.30pm) 

To book a place please click here.