Living Well Smokefree opportunities

Help provide programmes of advice and support to people who want to stop smoking.

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This is a unique and exciting time to join North Yorkshire Council’s successful specialist Living Well Smokefree service, as we are significantly expanding the team to help achieve a reduction in smoking prevalence to the 5% smokefree target in North Yorkshire by 2030.

The government set this ambitious target in 2019, however Dr Khan in his 2022 review found that without further action, England will miss the 5% target by at least 7 years. In the poorest areas in society, he found that the target will be missed by around 14 years, which highlights the impact smoking has on health inequalities and why they are a priority to address.

Announced in October 2023, based on the recommendations from the Khan Review, ‘Stopping the Start: our new place to create a smokefree generation’ was published, outlining the government’s renewed commitments to achieving a national smoking prevalence of 5%. To support these commitments, the Government has pledged significant resources as part of the Smokefree Generation funding, with £70 million in additional funding allocated for local stop smoking services in England over the next 5 years, starting in 2024/25.

To achieve the target locally, we need to:

  • stimulate more quit attempts by providing more smokers with advice and swift support
  • build capacity in local areas to respond to increased demand
  • link smokers to the most effective interventions to quit
  • boost existing behavioural support schemes designed to encourage smokers to quit, such as the ‘Swap to Stop’ scheme
  • strengthen partnerships in local healthcare systems
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The roles

We are recruiting to a range of roles across the service and would encourage applications from anyone with the necessary skills and experience, that are motivated to work as part of a team to achieve the smokefree 2030 target.

Specialist stop smoking advisor

Salary: from £35,745.00 up to £40,221.00
Grade: JK
Contract: permanent - full time

As a stop smoking specialist advisor you will be responsible for developing provision and coordinating plans and pathways for specific priority population groups in one of the following areas:

  1. Social housing, low income/debt advice and homelessness
  2. Routine and manual workers, criminal justice system and LGBTQ+ communities
  3. Young people and prevention

You will be required to provide mentoring support to the stop smoking advisors and other health professionals in relation to the above priority populations, attend partnership meetings and act as the subject expert for the Living Well Smokefree team. You will ensure that national and regional policy in smoking cessation is considered in strategic and operational plans in the Health and Adult Services directorate within North Yorkshire Council.

To be successful, you will be a certified National Centre for Smoking Cessation Training practitioner or have a willingness to complete this training within 2 months of joining the service and have previous demonstrable experience of stop smoking services, specifically within the above priority populations and a passion for developing personalised support. You will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and innovative and have a passion for prevention and partnership working.

As well as a fantastic benefits package, we offer an excellent programme of support, supervision and training and the opportunity to develop your own skills with a range of complex and varied work.
You will work across a large geographical area and access to transport and a willingness to travel as part of the job is therefore essential. We have offices available across North Yorkshire, allowing you to work in a hybrid and efficient way, in line with business demands.

 Specialist stop smoking advisor job description (pdf / 274 KB)

Apply online: Specialist stop smoking advisor

Stop smoking advisorĀ 

Salary: from £26,873 up to £29,269
Grade: G
Contract: permanent - full time
The Living Well Smokefree service works as a countywide team, based in locality areas. The service provides programmes of advice and support to people who want to stop smoking on an individual or group basis, in accordance with agreed local and national protocols.

As a stop smoking advisor you will be responsible for:

  • reducing the overall smoking prevalence among adults
  • reducing the inequality gap in smoking prevalence, between priority populations and the general population
  • reducing smoking prevalence amongst young people
  • reducing smoking prevalence in pregnancy (measured at time of delivery)

Stop Smoking Advisors work as a countywide team, based in locality areas led by a Team Manager. This role is focused on running stop smoking groups, one-to-one clinics, and telephone support. The post holder will provide smoking cessation behavioural change advice, support and assessment and treatment programmes to people who want to stop smoking in accordance with agreed local and national protocols. Post holders will facilitate access to a menu of stop smoking interventions for individuals accessing the service and will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and running stop smoking clinics in their locality areas.

They are required to adopt mobile working practices, working in the community with access to a laptop and mobile phone and will be required to input personal client data into the case management system for reviewing and monitoring performance against agreed outcomes. Advisors will be expected to work in a range of settings, including community venues, North Yorkshire Council buildings, and occasionally client’s homes, and will be responsible for organising their own work locations and diary.

It is envisaged that the post holder will work flexibly including weekends, evenings, and bank holidays occasionally. An enhanced DBS clearance is required for this post. An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English.

To be successful, you will be a certified National Centre for Smoking Cessation Training practitioner or have a willingness to complete this training within 2 months of joining. Previous experience of stop smoking services is not essential but would be desirable.
You will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and innovative and have a passion for prevention and partnership working
As well as a fantastic benefits package, we offer an excellent programme of support, supervision and training and the opportunity to develop your own skills with a range of complex and varied work.
You will work across a large geographical area and access to transport and a willingness to travel as part of the job is therefore essential. We have offices available across North Yorkshire, allowing you to work in a hybrid and efficient way, in line with business demands.

 Stop smoking advisor job description (pdf / 304 KB)

Apply online: Stop smoking advisor - Harrogate and Craven areas

Apply online: Stop smoking advisor - Hambleton and Richmond areas

Apply online: Stop smoking advisor - Selby area

Apply online: Stop smoking advisor - Scarborough and Ryedale areas

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What can we offer you?

We have modern working practices, enabling colleagues to work from home or our offices in Northallerton. You will be provided with technology to enable efficient and effective work, ensuring that you are connected and well supported. You are provided with a comprehensive benefits package with an excellent employer defined pension scheme, enhance holidays, flexible working to help you thrive at home and well as work.

Key documents

The Council Plan

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Why work for us

We are strong performing authority, with supportive political leadership, and talented teams providing the platform to have a fulfilling, challenging and successful career in a truly stunning place.

A recent peer challenge found that the council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. Your career can change with your life here in North Yorkshire.

We positively encourage flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from a wide variety of locations.

We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable and inclusive employer. Find out more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work on our working for us page. You can bring your whole self to work, and we will support you to be the best that you can be.

Our values, behaviours and ambitions underpin everything we do.

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of great benefits to help you financially make life a bit easier. These include:

  • a local government, career average employer contribution pension scheme
  • family friendly leave
  • salary sacrifice schemes
  • modern flexible working practices
  • learning and development packages
  • career advancement opportunities
  • employee discount benefits including shopping and gym discounts
  • green car and cycle schemes
  • travel loans

You can find more information on the range of benefits we offer on our total rewards page.

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Living and working in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. 

North Yorkshire's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Parks, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators.

Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors including life satisfaction and happiness.

Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire. 

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.  

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London and Edinburgh are just two hours away by train. 

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer including great employment opportunities for your family members, along with a higher proportion of schools which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

You can find out more about what North Yorkshire has to offer on the No place like North Yorkshire website.

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Contact us and apply 

If you feel you can help us reach our ambition of a smokefree generation, we want to hear from you!

To apply please submit your application via our jobs and careers site.

For an informal conversation about working within the Living Well Smokefree service at North Yorkshire Council, please Scott Chapman, Living Well Smokefree Service Manager, on Scott.Chapman@northyorks.gov.uk.

Key dates

Closing date: 30 May 2024 
Interviews: week commencing 10 June 2024