Tobacco dependency treatment lead
Maria Taylor is the tobacco dependency treatment lead at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Since joining the trust in 1997 as a nurse in the care of the elderly department, Maria has held several key positions before moving into cancer services in July 2022.
Maria has been a key member in forming the trust’s tobacco dependency treatment initiative and service to support inpatients to quit smoking. Her work involves offering support to patients referred to her team by staff such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), behavioural therapy or signposting them onto the community smoking cessation services.
She aims to identify champions in each inpatient clinical area and works with key stakeholders to support both staff and patients to quit smoking.