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Quality Payments: New declaration process

Following the publication of NHS England's guidance for the Quality Payments Scheme February 2019 review point, NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) will today distribute via email* further information on how contractors can claim for a quality payment when the declaration window opens on Monday 4th February 2019. Contractors will be able to claim for...

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Quality Payments: Gateway criteria report now available on the NHS BSA website

Community pharmacy contractors are now able to view the first weekly gateway criteria report on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website, which details contractors who have been assessed, using national datasets, as meeting four of the five gateway criteria (Advanced Services, NHS website, Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) and NHSmail). This weekly report,...

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Brexit: Health Secretary letter to healthcare professionals

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has today (December 7th) written a series of letters, including one to healthcare professionals, to give an update on the Government's planning for a no-deal Brexit. In his letter to frontline healthcare providers Mr Hancock once again stressed that healthcare providers should not stockpile medicines. He said they should advise their...

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Public Health


Public Health Campaigns 2018

We will list below the different NHS Public Health Campaigns, as we become aware of them.


Here are some campaigns that you may want to participate in. 


Keep Antibiotics Working 

The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign has returned to alert the public to the risks of antibiotic resistance, urging them to always take their healthcare professional’s advice on antibiotics.
The campaigns key aims are: 
  1. Alert and inform the public to the issue of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in a way that they understand in a manner which they understand and increase recognition of personal risk of inappropriate usage.
  2. Reduce public expectation for antibiotics by increasing understanding amongst patients about why they might not be given antibiotics, so reducing demand.
  3. Support healthcare professionals (HCP) change by boosting support for alternatives to prescription
 More information can be found here:



Help Us Help You

This years national winter public health campaign for pharmacies has been announced by Public Health England. It will be an evolution of the Stay Well This Winter brand into Help Us Help You. Stay Well evaluated very well so thank you all for your participation last year.

Help Us Help You is a family of campaigns including NHS111, flu immunisation, staying well in winter, pharmacy and extended GP hours. The campaign will also be run in GP practices and other settings and will involve a lot of publicity.

Help Us Help You aims to frame your conversations based on the principle of reciprocity which empowers both service users and staff - by following their advice, people can help NHS experts help them stay well, prevent an illness getting worse, take the best course of action and get well again sooner.
Every community pharmacy in England will automatically receive a free Help Us Help You pharmacy pack delivered by the Healthcare Distribution Association UK (HDA UK) between 10th - 26th October 2018 (the majority of these packs will be delivered w/c 15th October. The campaign overview to support Help Us Help You can be accessed here

The following materials to support NHS111 are now available:
  • Info cards are available to order here – get them while stocks last!



Heart Age Tool 

To increase awareness of heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, pharmacies are being asked to encouraging adults to complete the new One You Heart Age Test and get a free blood pressure reading.  The Heart Age Test will let users know how old their heart is (in comparison to their physical age) in under three minutes.  It also provides them with tips on how they can lower their heart age as well as ways to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. 

To order the pharmacy pack please visit the Public Health England website here: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/78/resources/3996 or call the Public Health England order line on 0300 123 1019.