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Service case study: British Heart Foundation Innovation Award secures HLP pilot

Patients in Cheshire & Merseyside can now get their blood pressure and heartbeat screened in accredited Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLPs) as part of a new joint project implemented in various settings across the region. How was the service set up? This service is linked to a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Blood Pressure Innovation Award which...

2 hours ago

Health & Care Review

Keeping up with all the latest developments in health and care policy could almost be a full time job and PSNC regularly receives questions from LPCs and pharmacy contractors about what is going on in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy. To help answer some of these questions and to help contractors and...

3 hours ago

Easter holiday opening hours – is your NHS Choices profile up to date?

Community pharmacy contractors will already be aware of the ongoing requirement to apply to or notify local NHS England teams if they wish to amend their bank holiday opening intentions. In preparation for the upcoming Easter holiday period, community pharmacy contractors are also encouraged to update their public holiday opening times on their NHS Choices...

9 hours ago

Signposting

 

Calderdale

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.
 

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.
 
 
 

Calderdale - Staying Well

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
 
 
 

Kirklees

Better in Kirklees

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

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




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.