Alcohol & Smoking Training (Oxfordshire)

26th February 2020 9.30am–1.15pm

Jubilee House, John Smith Drive, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford OX4 2LH

Alcohol and Smoking – How to deliver Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) Training – is being offered by Oxfordshire County Council, in partnership with Solutions4Health and The Alcohol Academy.

This free half day training will take place from 9.30am–1.15pm on/at:

Wednesday 26 February 2020 – Jubilee House, John Smith Drive, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford OX4 2LH


  • IBA is a simple but effective ‘brief intervention’ for people whose alcohol use may be harmful to their health often without them realising.
  • For smoking, ‘brief advice’ can also be effective for engaging smokers with stop smoking services.


  • Around 25% of all adults drink at levels that could be placing their health or wellbeing at risk – most are simply not aware!
  • IBA helps to identify risky drinking before it becomes a more serious problem such as dependency – prevention is better than cure!
  • Alcohol misuse & smoking costs society around £35 billion each year!
  • Smokers who engage with professional support are around four times more likely to successfully quit.

Is it evidence-based?

  • Yes! There is a very large body of research evidence supporting brief interventions for alcohol and smoking!
  • NICE recommends NHS professionals routinely carry out both wherever an opportunity presents.


  • The training is suitable for health professionals working within Oxfordshire and any other front line roles in contact with people specifically in Oxfordshire.
  • The training is particularly suited to: GPs, practice nurses, HCAs, midwives, sexual health staff, health visitors, school nurses, A&E staff, youth workers, community safety roles and many more.

Course outcomes

By completing an IBA training course, participants will have developed an understanding of:

  • A background to the way alcohol is used in UK society and the range of harms it can cause
  • Understanding your role in IBA and smoking advice
  • Delivery of IBA to reduce risky or harmful alcohol use
  • Knowing how and when to refer someone to services
  • Key engagement and motivational skills

The training is aligned to DANOS competencies, including: AH10 Employ techniques to help individuals to adopt sensible drinking behaviour.

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