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COVID-19 support: Free access to wellbeing apps

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have issued information on the first in a series of psychological support for all NHS staff, including those working in primary care, during the COVID-19 outbreak. NHSE&I note the importance of healthcare workers looking after their own health and wellbeing, whilst supporting patients and their family. The initial offer...

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COVID-19: PSNC Negotiations Update

PSNC has today (27th March) published a list of the possible action points that we are in urgent negotiations with the NHS and Government about to ensure that community pharmacy teams are fully supported in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include discussions on an urgent funding rescue package, recognising the enormous financial pressures...

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COVID-19 Response – PSNC Negotiations Action List

This briefing outlines the scope of the urgent discussions that are ongoing between PSNC, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) to ensure that community pharmacy teams have the support they need to play their role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. PLEASE NOTE: This document...

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Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice Service

This service aims to raise awareness around the risks of alcohol.  It heps people better understand alcohol units and how alcohol might be affecting their health by providing brief advice and support to those whose drinking is assessed as being at increasing or higher risk of drinking.

Pharmacies use an opportunistic approach to assess drinking in people aged 16 years and over using an alcohol assessment tool, the AUDIT-C.

 

The alcohol IBA pathway is divided into:

 

1. Patient Engagement

A member of the pharmacy team initiates a conversation about alcohol use with patients/customers, explains the alcohol IBA service and offers the initial screen. The pharmacy will determine how to engage and promote the alcohol IBA service with patients/customers.

 

2. The Initial Screen (AUDIT-C tool)

A member of the pharmacy team provides the patient/customer with the AUDIT-C (using the scratch card [provided by the commissioner] or paper-based) offering assistance with completion of the questions. If the result is 4 or below, no action is taken. If the result is 5 or more, a full identification screen is offered.



3. The Full Identification Screen (or full AUDIT)

The IBA accredited member of staff undertakes a full identification screen using the full AUDIT tool to identify between lower risk, increasing risk, higher risk and possibly dependency.

 

4. Brief Advice

The accredited IBA pharmacist or Health Champion uses information drawn from the full identification screen to determine the action to be taken regarding brief advice.

 

 

This service is not currently commissioned in West Yorkshire.

 

 

Last Updated: 27th January 2020