Southampton Smokefree Services


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


Booking can be made here:


Practitioner Update Training:

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

Recommended for all advisors to attend at least once a year.

  • Tuesday 1st October 10am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 12th February 6pm – 8pm

Level 2 Stop Smoking Practitioner training :

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

  • Wednesday 25th September  9am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 13th November 9am – 4.30pm
  • Friday 7th February 9am – 4.30pm

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 and is CPD accredited.

Bespoke shorter sessions are also available and can be delivered either in-person or via MS Teams. Please email all requests to

  • Wednesday 3rd July 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 1st October 6-9pm
  • Thursday 14th November 9.30am – 12.30pm

Masterclass Training :

Short interactive sessions on different topics. Suitable for everyone. There is no need to book a place as you will  automatically be sent the joining instructions.

These sessions are all taking place on a Thursday at 1 – 2pm via MS Teams. 

  • 18th April: Data & new data requirements
  • 25th April: Behavioural support strategies
  • 2nd May: Nicotine dependence
  • 9th May: Managing expectations
  • 16th May: Which medication?
  • 23rd May: Smoking and pregnancy
  • 30th May: Vaping
  • 6th June: Smoking and mental health
  • 13th June: Relapse prevention

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

Online Practitioner Course

1. Practitioner Training: Core competences in helping people stop smoking (Learning element)

2. Assessment of core knowledge and key practice skills (Assessment)

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.