Many people from diverse health professions have already completed training and gained expertise and experience in treating tobacco. See the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs website for more information about accredited training programs for CTTS. You could hire new staff who are already certified. You will need to decide what kind of position to advertise (e.g., health educator, social worker, psychologist, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, physician) and what kind of template to create for these specialists.
Keep in mind that advanced practice providers, such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants, can bill for counseling services and prescribe medications. Non-prescribing advanced practice providers such as psychologists can also bill for tobacco cessation counseling.
When deciding who to hire, you may want to consider whether this person’s role will be exclusively focused on tobacco treatment, or whether tobacco treatment will be part of a larger scope of responsibilities.
Setting up a new role often entails working with human resources and IT to define requirements and electronic health record security permissions. Review job postings for tobacco treatment specialists at other institutions and similar positions such as nurse, social worker, or health educator roles in your system to create a posting for your desired hire.