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PSNC launches Value of Pharmacy Animation 

PSNC has launched a video animation showcasing the important work that community pharmacies do and explaining how, with sustainable funding and ongoing support from Government, their role could be developed further. The animation has been developed to support PSNC’s conversations with external audiences, to help raise awareness of the value of pharmacy services, and how...

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Have you submitted your C-19 test distribution service weekly data?

Contractors who have signed up to provide the NHS Community Pharmacy COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service are reminded of the need to record the following information on the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) portal by close of business on the pharmacy's last trading day of the week:  Test kits received from wholesalers When contractors receive...

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NHSE&I confirm intention to delegate pharmacy commissioning to ICS

In a letter issued to the leads of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) this afternoon, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have confirmed their plans to delegate the responsibility for the commissioning of primary care services, including pharmaceutical services, to ICS. Read the NHSE&I letter This means that, subject to the will of Parliament, the activities...

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Public Health (Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles)

The PSNC website includes details for the Public Health essential service and can be accessed here:https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-services/public-health/

 

Community pharmacy teams play an important role in improving people’s health and wellbeing and one of the ways that this is achieved is through public health campaigns and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.  Each year pharmacies are required participate in up to six public health campaigns at the request of NHS England.   

Pharmacists and their staff will pro-actively take part in and contribute to national/local campaigns for patients and general pharmacy visitors during the campaign period, including giving advice to people on the campaign issues. This advice may be supplemented by provision of written information and in-store displays. 

In addition, pharmacies are required undertake prescription-linked interventions on major areas of public health concern, such as encouraging smoking cessation. 

 

Other National Public Health Campaigns

Below are some other campaigns that you may want to participate in. 

These campaigns also present an excellent opportunity for those of you with Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) status to maintain and develop your portfolio of evidence towards HLP accreditation. 

 

Cervical Screening Campaign

Public Health England (PHE) have launched a brand-new Cervical Screening Saves Lives campaign.  The NHS Cervical Screening Programme has made a significant impact on cervical cancer mortality since it was established in 1988, saving an estimated 5,000 lives a year.  However, coverage is at a 20-year low. Figures published by NHS Digital show that, at 31st March 2018, the percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) screened adequately was 71.4%. The national target for cervical screening coverage is 80% with coverage at its lowest amongst those aged 25 – 35. 

PHE have produced a video specifically for Health Care Professionals highlighting the cervical screening campaign, which you can watch here. Campaign resources can be ordered here: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/85-cervical-screening-campaign/resources.  

This is not one of the directed (mandatory) pharmacy campaigns.  However, pharmacies are encouraged to offer additional information to their patients and this campaign is an opportunity for those of you with Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) status to maintain and develop your portfolio of evidence.

 

Change4Life Nutrition Campaign 

Change4Life have launched a new campaign to encourage families to ‘make a swap when you next shop’ to help them cut back on sugar. The campaign shows families how making a few simple swaps to their everyday food and drinks can really make a difference.
 
Through partner activity and television, radio and online advertising, families will be encouraged to: 
  • Search Change4Life for great prizes, easy tips and meal ideas
  • Download the free Food Scanner app to find out what's in their food and drinks
  • Look out for the ‘good choice’ badge in-store  
A range of free hard-copy resources are now available from:
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/84-2019-change4life-nutrition-campaign/resources.
 
Although not one of the 6 directed (mandatory) public health campaigns, a pharmacy may find these resources helpful when having conversations regarding nutrition and in maintaining their HLP Health Promotion Zone. 
 

Legs Matter

Legs Matter campaign is designed to get the nation thinking, talking about and taking action on leg and foot conditions, including non-healing wounds, varicose veins and oedema. The campaign is led by a coalition of eight healthcare organisations who have come together to make sure that anyone with a lower leg or foot problem understands their condition and gets the urgent care, attention and support they need. 

This campaign which features real people living with leg and foot conditions sets out to change that and is designed to raise awareness of leg and foot problems and help people get the care and support they need. The aim is to help health professionals understand what these patients need and at the same time raise this issue as a commissioning priority for those who organise healthcare services. 

The campaign is asking the public to stand up for their own leg and foot health by paying attention to their legs and feet, going to their pharmacist or GP if things aren’t looking right and demanding better or different care if your leg or foot isn’t getting better. It is also calling on healthcare professionals to recognise the signs and symptoms of lower leg and foot problems, talk to their patients about their lower leg and foot health and lobby for better services for patients.

More information and campaign packs can be ordered via the website:  http://www.legsmatter.org.

 

Public Health England (PHE) Start4Life

Public Health England (PHE) launched its first ever Start4Life campaign offering parents support and advice on introducing solid foods to their baby, during what can be a confusing time.  A brand-new weaning hub has been launched on the Start4Life website to help parents during their weaning journey. Packed with NHS-approved advice and tips for each weaning stage, plus simple, healthy weaning recipes, it puts everything parents need to know in one place. 

NB: This is not one of the directed (mandatory) pharmacy campaigns, so pharmacies are not obliged to promote this campaign.  However, pharmacies are encouraged to offer additional information to their patients and this campaign is an opportunity for those of you with Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) status to maintain and develop your portfolio of evidence towards HLP accreditation. 

If you have any questions or would like more information about the campaign, please contact partnerships@phe.gov.uk.

 

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Local Maternity System: Information Booklet

The National Maternity Review, Better Births, recommended that there should be a real focus on choice and personalisation. As a result of this, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Local Maternity System (WY&H LMS) have co-produced a booklet with women and families from WY&H which is called ‘My Journey Through Maternity Care’ outlining all the choices women can make throughout their pregnancy.

 

Last Updated: 11th December 2020