Sunday, 6 February 2011

How attending free anti-smoking conference will get you points

Source, Learning outcomes link at this page.

Learning Outcomes for Smokefree Homes and Cars
With NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework below

Participants will:
1. develop their knowledge base around the harm caused by second-hand tobacco smoke inhalation
2. understand the part that smokefree homes initiatives play in Scotland’s tobacco control strategy
3. appreciate the progress made to date in changing public attitudes towards smoking in the presence of children
4. be able to describe several initiatives underway outside their own health board area to address second-hand  smoking in homes and cars
5. be able to describe some of the most recent findings regarding the harm caused by second-hand smoke exposure
6. be able to articulate the benefits of working in a multi-agency partnership to address passive smoke exposure in the home
7. recognise the challenges associated with addressing resistance to implementing smokefree homes, both within organisations which could provide support and within the community
8. feel more confident in advocating within their organisation or community for support for smokefree homes initiatives
9. be aware of training available to address smoking in the home
10. Additionally, those participants who undertake brief advice training on the day of the event will: feel more confident about giving brief advice to those considering making their home smokefree.

Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF) outlines:  Learning Outcomes for Smokefree Homes and Cars Conference
Learning outcomes 1 – 9 have the potential to provide evidence for application of the following KSF
Core C1 Communication                         Level 2
Core C2 Personal & People Development Level 2
Core C3 Health, Safety & Security
Core C4 Service Improvement                 Level 2
Core C5 Quality
Core C6 Equality & Diversity
Health & Wellbeing 1                                 Level 2

Learning Outcome 10 adds in the following HWB3 level 2 
Health & Wellbeing 3                                 Level 2
For the competencies for public health practice:
Area 1: Professional and ethical practice 
4: Continually develop and improve own and others’ practice in public health
Area 2: Technical competencies in public health practice
8. Identify risks to health, wellbeing and safety, providing advice on how to prevent, ameliorate or control them – demonstrating:
  • knowledge of the risks to health, wellbeing and safety relevant to own area of work and of the varying scale of risk
  • knowledge of the different approaches to preventing risks and how to communicate risk to different audiences.
Area 3: Application of technical competencies to public health work
9. Work collaboratively to plan and/or deliver programmes to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for populations/communities/groups/families/individuals

This work was funded £500,000 by the Big Lottery: a grant over half the value of ASH Scotland's core government grant last year. The project is called Refresh. NHS Scotland funding has ensured that attendance at the conference can be free

Fifteen years ago I worked in a key government department on drug misuse based in St Andrews Square. I was employed for a single year as casual Administrative Assistant. There were two Administrative Officers, an Executive Officer and two Administrative Assistants with a typing pool of three shared with other divisions, and the division heads totalling no more than nine or ten. ASH Scotland has approaching 30 staff on its payroll (another Word document sets them out from 'about us' (ASH Scotland organisation chart). I have no idea of the size of the drug misuse division now but it is extraordinary to find a government-funded charity fighting tobacco use with over three times as many staff as a government division on drug misuse.

1 comment:

JJ said...

These parasites have eaten well at the trough of free cash - other peoples hard earned cash - that they couldn't raise themselves.