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Meet the team – we’re ready and waiting to hear from you. We know how hard it is to quit and we promise that we’ll do our utmost to support you on your journey to a smokefree future.

Please note: All of our advisers are NCSCT Certified Smoking Cessation Practitioners

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Anne

Team administrator

I have been with Bucks Smokefree for over 10 years and am the person you are most likely to speak to first. I take care of all the referrals and booking of appointments with our Stop Smoking Advisers as well as dealing with enquiries and information requests. As a trained adviser I can offer in-depth help to those contacting our service by phone or email. Occasionally I help cover support centres in the community when needed. I also support my team by making sure they have all the information and materials they need to do their job. I feel it’s a privilege to help people take their first steps toward a better and healthier life. One of my favourite quotes by Jedi Master Yoda: "Do. Or not. There is no try".

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Kenneth

Data lead

I've worked for Bucks Smokefree since 2008. Although I often pick up the office phone to answer queries and help smokers find a clinic that best suits them, my role is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the service’s database and to analyse data sent in from all the stop smoking advisers working across the county. I provide regular updates to our Public Health Commissioners and the Department of Health and I also offer database training to Pharmacies and GP practices that offer stop smoking support in the community.

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Linda Cole

Adviser

I relish the opportunity of being out in the community, helping clients to stop smoking. I regularly attend smoking cessation workshops and keep up to date with the latest research - you can be assured we are applying the very latest techniques and therapies. Sharing client experiences enriches what I've already learned and I try to bring all this knowledge together to find what really works for each individual. I've also been supporting pregnant women since April 2015 - I don't judge, I am here to help expectant mothers and family members to make an informed decision about their smoking at this important stage of an unborn baby’s development.

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Alan Monk

Adviser

I've worked in health and fitness for over 23 years. I joined the NHS Bucks Smokefree Service 12 years ago and specialise in running clinics in GP practices and I also help train new advisers. I do everything I can to provide positive support to ensure that my clients have the best information, support, product and care that I can provide. I have a good success rate, but I always tell my clients: 'if you go back to smoking come back to my clinic and I will greet you with no recriminations and address your need to quit'.

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Bernie Hillyard

Adviser

I was a firefighter for 34 years; after retiring from the service in 2000, I became a complimentary therapist and now a specialist stop smoking adviser. As well as running stop smoking clinics I specialise in mental health and also visit patients in hospital who are smokers and may be struggling with cravings. So why are you looking at this site? If you're interested in stopping smoking but feel the time isn’t quite right why don’t you book in for a no pressure chat and find out how we can help you when the time is right.

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Karrie Garrett

Adviser

I joined Bucks Smokefree Support Service seven years ago after working as a midwife in the NHS for 25+ years. Many of the qualities I used in midwifery are useful when supporting smokers to quit. I like to think that I bring a good sense of humour to my role alongside specialist knowledge and the ability to listen, counsel and advise. I work with numerous GP surgeries in the area supporting smokers on their journey to becoming smokefree. I love the interaction with clients of all ages, hearing their stories and working through the challenges they face along the way. Nothing beats sharing in their success knowing what an achievement it is. I'm proud of the work I do to improve people’s quality of life and health.

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Aarun Taylor

Adviser

My training and background is in smoking cessation, health promotion, mental health, bereavement and loss, counselling and psychotherapy (BACP accred reg). I facilitate clinics in the Aylesbury and Thame area providing optional days and times for people wishing to access the service. I also help to promote the service at local stores and street marketing events and liaise with GPs and pharmacists to help ensure we provide the best possible service to help smokers quit. I like to help individuals with stress management; positive thinking and other life skills that can help to achieve their smokefree goals.
Replace the words "I have to" with "I choose to" and notice the difference in how you feel.

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Zia Ullah

Adviser

I have been an NHS stop smoking adviser for 7 years, working for the last 3 years around the High Wycombe area for Bucks Smokefree. I manage drop-in clinics at Wycombe Hospital, GP surgeries and promote the service at local community health events. I meet a wide variety of people and get to hear a whole range of life stories. I especially like planning how we can work together to achieve a successful quit.

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Nicki Blyth

Acting lead (shared)

I've been a stop smoking specialist for the past 15 years. There’s nothing quite like seeing people succeed. I have an overview of the whole service – and currently have a particular focus on how we can best support people with mental health issues. I am proud to work for an NHS service that can make a significant contribution to the quality of a person’s life – it is never too late to stop – there are always benefits.

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Clare Hodsdon

Acting lead (shared)

Supporting smokers through all the ‘ups and downs’ of becoming smokefree is so rewarding. I've a special interest in supporting pregnant women and young parents. I try and reassure them that it's possible and we're here to help them become healthier, live longer and ensure their children grow up in a smokefree world. I also oversee marketing - making sure all smokers in Bucks know there is free NHS support and I deliver smoking cessation training to health professionals.