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PPE portal: now live for Community Pharmacy

Today (3rd August 2020) the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that community pharmacies can now order additional personal protective equipment (PPE) through the online portal in an emergency. The PPE portal had previously only been open to social care and general practice providers to order and receive critical coronavirus (COVID-19) PPE...

13 hours ago

Recently opened pharmacies to receive share of COVID-19 advance sums

Following representations from PSNC, community pharmacies that newly opened (including any changes to ownership, consolidations, mergers etc.) between 1st March 2020 and 30th June 2020 can receive advance funding to help mitigate cashflow issues due to COVID-19. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that, as long as these recently opened pharmacies...

13 hours ago

Class 4 Medicines Defect Information: SyreniRing 0.120 mg/0.015 mg per 24 hours, vaginal delivery system (Crescent Pharma Ltd)

Class 4 Medicines Defect Information: Ibuprofen 200mg and 400mg tablets (Aspar Pharmaceuticals) various liveries Drug alert number: EL (20)A/36 Date issued: 03 August 2020 The Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 4 medicines defect information notice for: SyreniRing 0.120 mg/0.015 mg per 24 hours, vaginal delivery system (Crescent Pharma Ltd)...

16 hours ago

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