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Contractor notification – retrospective price adjustment

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have retrospectively determined that the reimbursement prices for the following items will be: Glyceryl trinitrate 400micrograms/dose aerosol sublingual spray (180 dose) – £3.43 (instead of £3.37) between April and June 2019 Telmisartan 80mg/Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg tablets (28 pack) – £16.79 (instead of £16.72) for June 2019. Payment for...

2 hours ago

PCN engagement – implementation guidance and resources update (June 2019)

This update has been issued to support LPCs in engaging with Primary Care Networks (PCNs). It builds on PSNC Briefing 015/19: Supporting community pharmacies to engage with Primary Care Networks – potential actions for LPCs. PSNC has identified four phases of community pharmacy engagement with PCNs over the next 12 to 24 months. Focussing on...

3 days ago

PCSE invitation to contractors to test market entry online

Last month (May 2019), we shared with pharmacy contractors, the PCSE Engagement team’s invitation to test the market entry online portal. PCSE have confirmed that it will be hosting an initial introduction to user acceptance testing to Market Entry PCSE online on Tuesday 9th July at the Arlington Business Centre in Leeds, the session will...

4 days ago

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

 

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses 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. 

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:

The MECC CoI has developed a simple signposting tool called MECC Link mecclink.co.uk which enables Healthy Living Pharmacies to embed and extend prevention and promotion of wellbeing and resilience into everyday practice, by providing:

  • Easily accessible information on key healthy lifestyle topics
  • Suggested open questions using the Ask, Assist, Act model
  • Information on a range of primary Self-care tools and resources
  • Signposting to recommended national and local support services

The information and guidance on the MECC Link website is really helpful and will aid the whole pharmacy team with how best to signpost to better health and wellbeing.

 

 

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."