PERFORMANCE: Newcastle PCT and North Tyneside PCT did not meet the target for smoking cessation numbers during 2010-11, a regional performance review has noted.

North East SHA’s evaluation document for the last quarter of 2010-11 says: “Local data for February 2011 suggests that the 2010/11 target will not be achieved by either North Tyneside or Newcastle PCTs. The PCT cluster explained the actions undertaken including the use of contractual penalties and special measures. In addition the PCT cluster were unhappy with the action plan produced by the smoking cessation service and have requested a revised version. This will be shared with the SHA once available.

“We discussed the potential reconfiguration of the service including the reallocation of quitter numbers between pharmacy and stop smoking service as well as the movement of the service to Newcastle Foundation Trust through Transforming Community Services and potential benefit of additional referrals from secondary care.”

A commentary in the cluster’s board paper says: “Newcastle PCT and North Tyneside PCT did not meet the end of year targets for Smoking cessation during 2010-11. The Newcastle and North Tyneside Smoking Service, which is the largest commissioned provider of smoking services for the delivery of the Newcastle and North Tyneside smoking targets, to date has been asked to present a robust action plan to the commissioners.

“The service has not as yet provided the level of assurance required on the quality of provision to deliver the targets.”