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Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) webinar now on-demand

Community pharmacy contractors can now access an online recording of PSNC a recent Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) webinar. Over 600 people registered for yesterday's webinar presented by Gordon Hockey (PSNC Director of Operations and Support) and Suraj Shah (PSNC Drug Tariff and Reimbursement Manager). During the webinar, Gordon explained what an SSP is, clarified situations...

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July 2019 Price Concessions – 2nd update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Alverine 60mg capsules 100 £9.80 Bumetanide 1mg tablets 28 £1.65 Cefalexin 250mg/5ml oral suspension 100ml £1.95 Celecoxib 200mg capsules 30 £9.43 Diamorphine 10mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.56 Diamorphine 30mg powder...

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Supply Issue Notice: Sanofi Experience Distribution Disruptions

Sanofi are currently experiencing difficulties ensuring sufficient product availability for normal supply to pharmacies. Sanofi say ‘The problem was caused by a change in our UK logistics provider and an unexpected technical issue with one of their IT systems.’ Sanofi expect product availability will be back to normal within two weeks and ask that pharmacy teams...

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Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

 

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses day-to-day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. 

mecclink.co.uk

Community pharmacies are well placed to have MECC conversations with over 1.6 million people in England using a pharmacy each day. MECC can support MURs, NMS, signposting and be part of engaging Public Health campaigns. Healthy Living Pharmacies can use their additional training to support people to make positive changes to their lifestyle. 

A MECC conversation is unpinned by a Very Brief Intervention (VBI) designed to give peopleinformation to inspire positive change, and/or directing them where to go for further help.

 

An example of using MECC is shown below:  

ASK – Have you ever thought of stopping or tried to stop before?

ASSIST –State that the best way of stopping smoking is with a combination of medication and specialist support.  Discuss benefits and motivations for quitting i.e. personal health/family health, cost.

ACT – If they would like further information on what your Pharmacy and/or the Local Stop Smoking service could offer.

 

 

Signposting for help and support:

The MECC CoI has developed a simple signposting tool called MECC Link mecclink.co.uk which enables Healthy Living Pharmacies to embed and extend prevention and promotion of wellbeing and resilience into everyday practice, by providing:

  • Easily accessible information on key healthy lifestyle topics
  • Suggested open questions using the Ask, Assist, Act model
  • Information on a range of primary Self-care tools and resources
  • Signposting to recommended national and local support services

The information and guidance on the MECC Link website is really helpful and will aid the whole pharmacy team with how best to signpost to better health and wellbeing.

 

 

MECC Conversation Videos

"The videos below are examples of MECC conversations in various settings. They show how to have a MECC conversation and how quickly you can identify what a person wants and offer to signpost them to a service that may be able to help them. Please note that this is not just active listening - it is a conversation with a purpose."

 
 

Last Updated 24th May 2019