My Week

Paul Rossiter, training and corporate health manager at anti-smoking charity Quit

Paul Rossiter
Paul Rossiter

Monday: Being locked in your house is not the ideal way to start a busy week. I moved in with my girlfriend over the weekend, and she locks the door behind her on her way out. Luckily, she doesn't work too far from where we live in east London, so she comes back and lets me out.

When I eventually get to work, the rest of the day passes in a blur of emails and phone calls as I set up stop-smoking groups and training sessions for a variety of organisations, including hospitals and corporate clients.

Tuesday: I spend most of the day putting the finishing touches to our tender for a primary care trust's stop-smoking service in advance of a meeting with them tomorrow.

It's been a three-month process involving most other departments at Quit, including our communications team, helpline managers and the youth team. We have all worked together to analyse how we can provide the best service. It's been interesting to find out exactly how all the other departments work to help people stop smoking.

Wednesday: I'm so worried about being late for the tender meeting that I arrive 45 minutes early. The meeting goes well, but it all depends on what the other companies offer.

After work, I go for a run - my first proper one since I completed my first London Marathon back in April. I ran for Quit and really got the running bug. I treated myself to a holiday in India after the exertions, but now I want to get back into it. The marathon was an amazing experience; it was great to see so many people supporting all kinds of good causes.

Thursday: I am up at 5am to catch an early train to Sunderland for a training session with a group of practice nurses. I enjoy lots of things about my job, but the variety of people I meet and talk to every week is one of my favourites. As well as nurses, I also offer training to health professionals in fields such as mental health, maternity and paediatrics, whose patients are all affected by smoking in different ways. The nurses in Sunderland always give great feedback, so I am in a good mood when I get to the station for my four-hour journey home.

Friday: Despite having just finished a lengthy tender process, today I am researching more opportunities for us to provide stop-smoking services. I look at various primary care trusts to see how we can help them meet their targets.

At lunch, I head down to one of our corporate clients in the City for a stop-smoking group. It's encouraging to see that, even in these cash-strapped times, companies still think spending money on employee health is a worthwhile investment. Recent research from the London School of Economics shows that smokers cost businesses £2.1bn each year through cigarette breaks and sick days, so it could save them money in the long run.

Quit is an independent charity that helps people to give up smoking

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