Director of Health Darren Clarke and Jackie Henry
Director of Health Darren Clarke and Jackie Henry

Six Public Health staff were presented with certificates of achievement for completing Stages 1 and 2 of a UK-recognised course in ‘Stop Smoking Cessation and Brief Intervention’ on Wednesday 19 August 2015.

Midwife Rosemary Mittens, Community Nurses Mandy Thomas, Jackie Henry, Ruth Young, Sarah Newman and Health Promotion Trainer Marian Kanes were all presented with their certificates by the Director of Health, Darren Clarke.

Darren said:

“Congratulations to all who have taken the training – it’s a great benefit to the community. Your commitment to achieving the course has been excellent, and the skills are transferrable so you’ll be able to deliver sessions on other health topics as well as smoking cessation.

“I think it’s fantastic that you have achieved this and hopefully you will continue to take advantage of the training opportunities available.  A big ‘thank you’ to our Community Nursing Officer, Christine Laskey, for running the course.”

Christine added:

“Our aim is to encourage people to stop smoking. The nurses have worked very hard and have been very patient doing the course on a weekly basis.  They’re now at a level where they can set up a group and support people within that group to stop smoking.

Certificate Recipients
Certificate Recipients

“But it’s not only about stopping smoking. The course also encompassed motivational training which will also equip the nurses with the skills to help people with any particular health issue.”

The course is updated yearly so recipients can keep abreast of any changing issues. Health Promotion Trainer, Marian Kanes, will also roll out the programme to anyone requiring further training in the future.

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21 August 2015


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