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Mitomycin-C 10mg Powder for Solution for Injection (Kyowa): Company led drug alert

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a company led drug recall, to be actioned, for certain batches of: Mitomycin-C Kyowa 10mg Powder for Solution for Injection. Date issued: 12th November 2018 CLDA number: (18) A/09 MDR number: MDR 06-11/18 Batch number: 6058517 The above batch is being recalled because an out of specification result...

8 hours ago

FMD webinar now on-demand

Community pharmacy contractors can now access an online recording of PSNC’s recent webinar about the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). More than 1,000 people registered for yesterday’s webinar hosted by Alastair Buxton, PSNC’s Director of NHS Services. Alastair used the event to explain how the introduction of FMD will affect the day-to-day working of community pharmacy teams and what they...

4 days ago

PSNC October Meeting: summary for contractors now available

PSNC’s October meeting was held on the 9th and 10th of the month in Swindon, and key agenda items included: Analysis of the 2018/19 funding offer; Revision of PSNC’s service development proposals; The first meeting of PSNC’s Brexit Forum; and Consideration of the pilot to integrate pharmacy and medicines optimisation into new care models. Download...

5 days ago

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

 

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. 

The fundamental idea underpinning the MECC approach is simple. It recognises that staff across health, local authority and voluntary sectors, have thousands of contacts every day with individuals and are ideally placed to promote health and healthy lifestyles. 

Community pharmacies are well placed to have MECC conversations with over 1.6 million people in England using a pharmacy each day. MECC can support MURs, NMS, signposting and be part of engaging Public Health campaigns. Healthy Living Pharmacies can use their additional training to support people to make positive changes to their lifestyle. 

A MECC conversation is unpinned by a Very Brief Intervention (VBI) designed to give peopleinformation to inspire positive change, and/or directing them where to go for further help.

 

An example of using MECC is shown below:  

ASK – Have you ever thought of stopping or tried to stop before?

ASSIST –State that the best way of stopping smoking is with a combination of medication and specialist support.  Discuss benefits and motivations for quitting i.e. personal health/family health, cost.

ACT – If they would like further information on what your Pharmacy and/or the Local Stop Smoking service could offer.

 

Signposting for help and support:

You can utilise the online regional signposting tool for Making Every Contact Count www.mecclink.co.uk to obtain further information on a range of national and local resources to support the person to make the changes to their lifestyle that they want to make.

 

MECC Conversation Videos

"The videos below are examples of MECC conversations in various settings. They show how to have a MECC conversation and how quickly you can identify what a person wants and offer to signpost them to a service that may be able to help them. Please note that this is not just active listening - it is a conversation with a purpose."