Information for Doctor
To complement existing smoking cessation services, the Department of Health (DH) launched the two-year Pilot Public-Private Partnership Programme on Smoking Cessation (SCPPP) in December 2017 to test a new model of free and opportunistic smoking cessation services provided by private primary care doctors. The pilot programme aims to improve access to smoking cessation service for smokers who may be hard to reach by other means.
Scope of services
Enrolled doctors provide opportunistic assessment of the smoking status of their patients, identify motivational factors and barriers to quit smoking, offer smoking cessation counselling and pharmacotherapy (if indicated) for eligible smokers.
A maximum of five consultations and 12-week course of pharmacotherapy are subsidised under the SCPPP (including the first to the fourth consultations within 26 weeks and the fifth consultation at 26 weeks after the Quit Day Note 1 to assess the quit rate).
Note 1: “Quit Day” refers to the target day for the SCPPP participant to totally abstain from smoking, which is discussed and agreed between the enrolled doctor and the participant. It is subject to adjustment during the second consultation (for once only) if the actual quit day is different from the original quit day set in the first consultation.
The consultations are recorded in the SCPPP IT System which rides on the
Electronic Health Record Sharing System (eHRSS).
Please refer to Doctor’s Manual for details.
Enrolment of doctors
Doctors can enrol in the SCPPP if he /she fulfills the following eligibility criteria:
- is a registered medical practitioner within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Medical Registration Ordinance (Cap. 161) (“Ordinance”);
- holds a valid practising certificate issued under the Ordinance;
- works in the private sector (including universities and non-governmental organisations);
- has registered in the eHRSS;
- has enrolled in the Primary Care Directory; and
- has attended and passed the online refresher course on smoking cessation -
“Connecting with Patients for Tobacco Free Living” provided by the Mayo Clinic of the United States.
Please read the following documents for details:
- Enrolment Guide for Doctors
- Covering Notes for Doctor’s Application
- Appendix A: Application Form (sample)
- Appendix B: Authorisation Form for Payment of Subsidy to a Specified Bank Account (sample)
- Appendix C: Terms and Conditions of Agreement
- Doctor’s Manual (Updated in December 2018)
- Video to introduce the SCPPP for Doctors (audio only available in Cantonese)
- Module on Smoking Cessation in Primary Care Setting under the Hong Kong Reference Framework for Diabetes Care in Adults in Primary Care Settings & Hong Kong Reference Framework for Hypertension Care in Adults in Primary Care Settings
- Public-Private Partnership Programmes for Healthcare Services - Corruption Prevention Guide for Service Providers
Enrolment in SCPPP
Registration in eHRSS ⇒ click here
Enrolment in Primary Care Directory ⇒ click here