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January edition of CPN magazine now available

The January 2019 edition of PSNC’s Community Pharmacy News (CPN) is now available. This month’s CPN features: NHS ten-year plan published; IG support materials; Quality Payments declaration; and Price concession flow chart. View our CPN magazine online via the flipbook reader below or download the PDF copy. Please note, the colour PDF can be printed...

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#checkbeforeyoutick – how can you help?

The NHS Business Services Authority’s ‘Check Before You Tick’ campaign aimed to help patients understand their eligibility for free NHS prescriptions, and to highlight the possible consequences of making an incorrect claim. We spoke to Tori Hutchinson who worked on the campaign to find out more. Hi I’m Tori and I’m a Lead Digital Delivery Manager at...

9 hours ago

January 2019 Price Concessions/NCSO – 1st update

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today granted the following initial list of price concessions: Drug Pack size Price Concession Allopurinol 100mg tablets 28 £1.70 Allopurinol 300mg tablets 28 £3.68 Co-careldopa 25mg/100mg tablets 100 £10.69 Diamorphine 10mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.56 Diamorphine 30mg powder for solution for injection ampoules...

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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."