Welcome to the team . . .

Our Stop Smoking Service is made up of professional and qualified staff who will offer support and advice to help you quit for good.  Remember you’re four times more likely to stop if you use a combination of stop smoking medication and specialist help from one of our advisors.

Martin Manly

Public Health Practitioner (Stop Smoking)

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Martin Manly

I have worked as a stop smoking advisor since 2009 and took on the role of Practitioner in 2017. I jointly manage the day-to-day operational running of the service as well as overseeing some of the projects.

I am proud to work within this team, who are always welcoming and keen to help you to quit smoking. I have seen how quitting smoking can have an incredible impact on someone’s life with many benefits.

People quit for all sorts of reasons and when you’re ready to take that step we will be here to help, providing support that has shown to be the most effective way of quitting smoking.

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Ruth Dean

Public Health Practitioner (Stop Smoking)

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Ruth Dean

I joined the Stop Smoking Team in 2018 after 12 years spent working in the voluntary sector. I work alongside our other Practitioner to manage the service day-to-day and have responsibility for overseeing our specialist projects to support people who may find it more challenging to quit smoking.

People often tell us that quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things they’ve ever attempted. Our (very friendly!) team are there to support people through this process and evidence shows that using the support and advice we offer is significantly more effective than going it alone.

We feel passionately about the difference we can make to people’s lives and encourage everyone who wants to quit to get in touch with our service and find out how we can help.

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Jackie O’Shea

Senior Public Health Officer (Stop Smoking)

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Jackie O’Shea

I have worked for the Stop Smoking Service for just over 8 years. My work involves forming links with midwifes across the boroughs and supporting other health professionals who give advice and support around smoking.

I run 1-2-1 appointments, one of these is a late night clinic each week. When you are ready to quit smoking, I look forward to meeting you.

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Laura Martin

Senior Public Health Officer (Stop Smoking)

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Laura Martin

I have worked as a Stop Smoking Advisor since 2012. I offer two, face-to-face clinics and one evening telephone clinic each week, offering one-to-one support and advice to anyone wanting to quit smoking.

My specialist area is Electronic Cigarettes (or E-cigarettes). This project looks at new developments in the area of e-cigarettes and their use in a quit attempt. We are already an e-cigarette friendly service. This means we will support those who choose to purchase and use an e-cigarette, either on its own or alongside licensed stop smoking medications that we provide as part of their quit attempt.

As an ex-smoker who used the service to quit, I am passionate about helping smokers through the journey of quitting and enjoying a happy, healthy, smoke-free life.

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John Bateman

Senior Public Health Officer (Stop Smoking)

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John Bateman

Mark Twain said “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world.  I know, because I’ve done it a thousand times!”

Whimsical as this phrase may be, as an ex-smoker I can see these words are ones that all smokers can relate to. Once the novelty of smoking wears off, the desire to quit can often take many years in the never-ending struggle against tobacco.

Since 2010 when I first started helping people quit, I have seen the programme lead to countless success stories and freedom from tobacco. Fortunately for those of us who live in Central Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire Borough and Milton Keynes, we truly have one of the best stops smoking services in the country.

In addition to supporting you on your quit attempt, my role here is to provide training to the advisors and to the broader health and wellbeing community, ensuring they are fully up to speed on the latest, clinically proven, behavioural support techniques and pharmacological products.

Our commitment is to make every contact count and give you every chance of success of a smokefree life.

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Rukia Choudhury

Senior Public Health Officer (Stop Smoking)

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Rukia Choudhury

Having stepped up into the role of a Senior Stop Smoking Advisor has really made me appreciate what I do. Helping people stop smoking and celebrating their achievement gives me great pleasure and makes me even more keen to make the public in general healthier.

I also co-ordinate the Acute Project, so I am the primary contact for the 3 local hospitals (Bedford, Milton Keynes and Luton & Dunstable), plus I specialise in ensuring our work reaches those with long-term conditions.

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Mandy Maltman

Senior Public Health Officer (Stop Smoking)

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Mandy Maltman

I have been a Stop Smoking Advisor since 2016 and offer both face to face and telephone support clinics within the three local authorities. I also co-ordinate the Children & Young Peoples project within the Stop Smoking Services, working in partnership with other Children & Young Peoples organisations to spread the word about the dangers of smoking.

I can honestly say I feel very passionate about the work I do. It’s all very close to my heart: building people’s confidence, supporting and encouraging them to make those big changes in their lives to go on and live a smoke free healthier, and hopefully longer, life.

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Olena Kovalenko

Project Support Officer (Stop Smoking)

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Olena Kovalenko

I am a Project Support Officer for the Stop Smoking Service.  I’m involved in data inputting and finance, speaking to clients on the free phone line, booking appointments for them with our advisors and providing information about our service.

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Kirsten Moore

Project Support Officer (Stop Smoking)

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Kirsten Moore

As Project Support officer, I look after the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of the Stop Smoking Service. I book appointments, answer calls and support the advisors with their projects. I also handle the administrative side of the service, monitoring the website, processing finances and ensuring everything is fully stocked.

If you have any questions about the service or wish to make an appointment with one of our advisors, I’m here to take your call.

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