The CURE Project

Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable death, disability, illness and social inequality. Cigarettes contain nicotine which is a very addictive drug. Addiction to nicotine is a disease and one that has very effective treatments.

The CURE project is a treatment programme to help smokers with their tobacco addiction and quit smoking. We want to identify all smokers admitted to hospital and immediately offer nicotine replacement therapy and other medications, as well as specialist support, for the duration of their hospital stay and after discharge.

The term ‘CURE’ has been specifically chosen to ‘medicalise’ tobacco addiction and move away from the stigma of a lifestyle choice to disease treatment.

CURE in Greater Manchester

Rollout has begun with a launch of CURE at Wythenshawe hospital in October 2018. Funding has been secured to help develop and implement this service across Greater Manchester. The first wave of hospitals (NHS Trusts) that will be asked to rollout CURE will be:

1. The Royal Oldham Hospital (Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)

2. Fairfield General Hospital (Bury)

& Rochdale Infirmary (Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)

3. Salford Royal Hospital (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)

4. Stepping Hill Hospital (Stockport NHS Foundation Trust)

5. Tameside General Hospital (Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust)

6. Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan (Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust)

For further information on the CURE project, including downloadable resources, please visit our website at

Matt Evison, Clinical Lead

If you would like to find out more about the CURE Project, please contact:

Freya Howle, Project Manager

Kathryn Groom, Assistant Project Manager

Ryan Moore, Assistant Project Manager