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Foundation Pharmacy Technician Framework: Survey now live

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) and Health Education England (HEE) are inviting all pharmacy professionals to take part in a national survey on the Foundation Pharmacy Technician Role. The survey is the latest stage in their Foundation Pharmacy Technician Role Analysis. which is  APTUK and HEE would like to hear the thoughts of anyone...

3 days ago

CPPE Corner: New Dementia focal point programme

A popular training programme on dementia support returns to the Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education (CPPE) focal point series for 2020. We spoke to Sarah Evans, Learning development pharmacy technician at CPPE, to find out more. We are delighted to announce that we have relaunched our popular Dementia focal point programme in a new and...

3 days ago

Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has via its Central Alerting System (CAS) published an alert regarding the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus. The alert and pathway outline the initial assessment questions to identify a patient who may require isolation and testing. All primary and secondary healthcare providers should make arrangements for such patients to...

4 days ago

Signposting

Signposting is an essential service (i.e. a service that all pharmacies must provide) which forms part of the Terms of Service under the NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework.  Signposting is the provision of information to people visiting the pharmacy, who require further support, advice or treatment which cannot be provided by the pharmacy, on other health and social care providers or support organisations who may be able to assist the person. Where appropriate, this may take the form of a referral.
 
Signposting information relevant to each Local Authority area is included below to assist pharmacies find information to assist with signposting patients.
 

See also our Making Every Contact Count (MECC) page here: http://www.cpwy.org/hlp/making-every-contact-count-mecc-.shtml

 

 

Bradford and Airedale  

 

Bradford Community Connectors 

Health Action Local Engagement (HALE) is working in partnership with Bradford and District CCG's to deliver this service across Bradford via HALE’s Community Connector Programme. The service will visit anyone who is isolated, feeling low or lacking in confidence and, they will find out what people are interested in, what services and activities are available locally and help people access them.  They even go along with people until they are confident enough to go on their own.  See the summary document below.

Social Prescribing across West Yorkshire and Harrogate

   

Connect to Support

Connect to Support has been developed by Bradford Council and stakeholders. This website provides information for adults with care and support needs with a focus on empowering people to live happy, healthy lives, where they are in control.  The website can be used to find signposting information to share with patients and can be accessed here: https://bradford.connecttosupport.org/s4s/WhereILive/Council?pageId=392&lockLA=True  

For advice for under 18s, visit the Family information and services hub here: https://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/

 

DIVA Bradford - information on voluntary sector groups

DIVA Bradford brings together information on voluntary and community sector groups from across Bradford and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven in a single searchable directory.  DIVA allows pharmacy teams to search for groups by postcode or keyword (eg carer, dementia, stroke) to find relevant information.  This useful tool enables pharmacy teams to signpost patients to groups and services in Bradford and AWC that can provide them with additional support. More information can be found here: https://www.divabradford.org.uk/.  

  

 

 

Calderdale

 

Every Baby Matters in Calderdale

Together with a multi- agency task group, NHS Calderdale has produced an excellent guide, full of useful information and advice for promoting the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies. It covers issues such as:

  • health in pregnancy
  • healthy lifestyle
  • breast feeding
  • genetic awareness
  • healthy homes
  • safe sleeping
  • caring for sick children

It also has lots of useful contact numbers and is available in a range of languages (English, Czech, Slovak, Polish and Urdu).

We believe that this guide will be useful for all practitioners working with families.  The information is also highly relevant to those working with young people who may be parents in the future.

Further copies of the leaflet are available from:  01422 397340 or email: healthresources@swyt.nhs.uk

Every Baby Matters - English

Every Baby Matters - Czech

Every Baby Matters - Polish

Every Baby Matters - Slovak

Every Baby Matters - Urdu-EBM 

 

 

Calderdale Healthy Early Years Website - A parents guide from birth to 5

The Healthy Early Years website is a useful resource both for pharmacy teams to promote to families and for pharmacy teams to use to provide up-to-date messages about health to the families of children aged 0-5 years.

www.healthyearlyyears.co.uk. 
 
 
 

Calderdale - Physical Activity

Calderdale have created an online activity finder website, to showcase all of the great ways to be active in the borough from clubs and sessions of all sizes, and of all different levels of physical activity.   This website make it as easy as possible for everyone in Calderdale to find out about the opportunities to be active on their doorstep.

 
 
 

Primary Eye-Care Acute Referral Scheme (PEARS) 

This service is for patients in need of primary eye care help and advice or referrals.
 
Eye Problems Flyer - Calderdale
 
 
 

Calderdale: Staying Well - Social Prescribing

The Staying Well team works with people to access the hundreds of social and physical activities available in the community as a way to address loneliness and isolation.  People with active social lives tend to be happier and healthier and may even see health improvements.
 
Any adult in Calderdale can benefit from the service which is client-led.  The Staying Well worker will spend time with a client to identify the support they need and help them to navigate a range of services.  Support can range between providing information about local activities and organisations to accompanying a client to an activity to help them to settle in. The Staying Well service also works with community groups to develop social activities and interventions that meet the needs of the clients including volunteering opportunities.
 
Pharmacy teams can refer directly to the service or encourage the client to self-refer to the Staying Well service. More information about the service can be found here: stayingwellhub.com including how to make a referral.
 
Calderdale Staying Well Poster
 
Calderdale Staying Well Leaflet
 
Calderdale Staying Well Referral Form
 
Social Prescribing across West Yorkshire and Harrogate
 

 

 

The Calderdale Directory

Calderdale have launched an online Directory of Services for local voluntary sector organisations to promote the work they do in Calderdale.  http://cvac.org.uk/directory/
 
The directory includes up to date information about voluntary sector organisations in Calderdale and the services they offer.  The directory allows pharmacy teams to search for groups by postcode or keyword (eg carer, dementia, asthma).  The directory is a useful tool which will allow pharmacy teams to signpost patients to groups and services in Calderdale that can provide them with additional support.
 
 
 
 
 

Greater Huddersfield

 

Primary Eye-Care Acute Referral Scheme (PEARS) 

This service is for patients in need of primary eye care help and advice or referrals.
 
Eye Problems Flyer - Huddersfield
 
 
 
  
 

Kirklees

 

Better in Kirklees - Social Prescribing

Better in Kirklees supports people living with a long-term health condition to become more active and involved in their community. Through Social Prescribing, they connect people to groups and activities close to where they live based on their interests. 

A Better in Kirklees leaflet and fact sheet can be found below:

Better in Kirklees - Leaflet

Better in Kirklees - Fact Sheet

Better in Kirklees - Poster

Better in Kirklees - Referral Form

Social Prescribing across West Yorkshire and Harrogate

For more information, please visit: https://www.touchstonesupport.org.uk/services/better-in-kirklees-bik/.

 

Kirklees Wellness Service

This service is available to adults aged 18+ who live in Kirklees. It is for people who have identified a need for further help to improve their health and wellbeing and want to make a change. They should be ready to commit to accessing this support, and willing to work towards a personal goal.

The types of things that people need help with could include:

  • Improving mood and building confidence
  • Improving mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Managing long term conditions
  • Wellbeing support if they are caring for someone
  • Increasing contact with people and activities
  • Increasing physical activity levels
Referrals can be made by the patient themselves of by a health professional (including pharmacist).
For further details, including how to refer, access the Kirklees Council website here:  https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/health-and-well-being/wellness.aspx  

 

 

Primary Eye-Care Acute Referral Scheme (PEARS) 

This service is for patients in need of primary eye care help and advice or referrals.
 
Eye Problems Flyer - North Kirklees
 
 
 


Leeds


The Leeds Directory

Leeds Directory is a council funded source of information on a wide range of services and organisations which can accessed online. http://leedsdirectory.org/
 
There are over 1800 organisations and services to assist and support people to live independently. The directory includes information on wellbeing services (stop smoking, weight) and support groups for patients (carers, cancer) information and could be used by pharmacy teams to support signposting of patients.
 
 

Live Well Leeds

Live Well Leeds delivers a range of services that include one to one support, group support, peer support, befriending and volunteering opportunities. All services are based around a recovery, maintaining wellbeing and social inclusion.  Live Well Leeds works with adults aged 18+ (17+ if they are transitioning from children’s mental health services), who have mild to moderate mental health support needs, throughout the Leeds Metropolitan District or registered with a Leeds GP.  The service will accept self and professional referrals by phone, online, post and in person.  
 
The website can be accessed here: https://livewellleeds.org.uk/.
 
 
 

Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing is a short term-intervention service that works with people to identify their needs and to help them to access existing community-based support services. This can be through providing information, signposting to relevant services, creating action plans and goals setting.  Community pharmacy can refer people to the Social Prescribing service for support if the person presenting with needs outside of the remit of the community pharmacy role or is asking for support you cannot provide or you don't know where else to signposting them for further support.
 
Please see the document below for the referral checklist and information of which social prescribing service (as this differs depending on which GP practice the patient is registered with).
 
Social Prescribing Services Information and Checklist
 
Social Prescribing across West Yorkshire and Harrogate
 
 
PEP (Leeds West)
T: 0113 2795870
 
Connect for Health (Leeds South & East)
T: 0113 387 6380
 
Connect Well (Leeds North)
T: 0113 336 7612
 
 
 
 

Wakefield

 

Live Well Wakefield - Social Prescribing

The Live Well Wakefield team provides a range of support and advice to professionals and local people to help maintain their wellbeing.  The team understands that there are many things that can affect our ability to feel healthy and remain independent and are able to offer individual support to help people address any needs.  The team consists of Live Well advisors who promote health and wellbeing in adults 18+ in the Wakefield District, by offering a referral based service. Advisors are able to meet with people within their home or community setting and discuss with them options available to support with maintaining their health and wellbeing.  See the summary document below.

Social Prescribing across West Yorkshire and Harrogate

 

 

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MEC) Wakefield

This service is for patients in need of primary eye care help and advice or referral.
 
Eye Problems Flyer - Wakefield



Wakefield Directory of Services

Wakefield Council have collated a directory of services for community pharmacy teams which can be found below.  This list is a useful signposting resource and includes information on the following:
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Healthy Diet & Healthy Weight
  • Physical Activity
  • Sexual Health
  • Social Isolation & Loneliness
  • Falls & Frailty
  • Affordable Warmth
  • Problem Gambling

Wakefield Directory of Services List - June 2019



 

Last Updated: 18th December 2019