Ms Zoe Swithenbank
Zoe is a PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University, funded by the SSA. Her PhD is in behavioural interventions for smoking cessation in substance use treatment services. She also works as a research assistant for the University of Aberdeen on the ICSmoke project, a large scale systematic review of behavioural interventions for smoking cessation. Prior to this, she completed a PGDip in Health Economics at the University of Aberdeen, and an MSc in Public Health: Addictions at LJMU, and has worked in community and residential substance use treatment services. Zoe also volunteers with a national mental health charity and is passionate about user involvement. Her research interests include substance use, mental health and research methodology.
Psychosocial interventions for smoking cessation in substance use treatment services
Psychosocial interventions for smoking cessation in substance use treatment: a protocol
The aim of my PhD is to develop, implement and evaluate a smoking cessation intervention for the adults in treatment for substance use, with a view to reducing the health inequalities faced by this population. Previous research conducted as part of my MSc dissertation suggested that group programmes could be an effective and desirable method for delivering smoking cessation interventions to adults who are currently in treatment for drug or alcohol misuse. Service user involvement will be a key component of this research, and will be utilised at all stages of the programme of study. Service user feedback has already been used to identify an area of need and a possible way of addressing it, and will continue to be used in the development and subsequent implementation of the intervention.
Phase 1 of the study will involve stakeholder interviews to gather perspectives and opinions about smoking cessation in a substance use treatment setting, which will be used to develop a framework for an intervention. This will be further developed and adapted by a group of stakeholders, utilising a co-production approach. Phase 2 will involve the implementation and evaluation of the intervention in a substance use treatment setting.