Health promotion campaigns are a key element of a Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP). Beyond simply complying with the HLP criteria, health promotions that have been well run increase engagement with your customers and patients and promote your pharmacy to your community. Some campaign topics materials may be sourced locally or nationally but this still requires some effort, e.g. the Stoptober campaign materials this year need to be ordered by pharmacies rather than being sent automatically; this … [Read more...] about Health Campaigns
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What is it? NHS Digital have released their latest report on services provided by community pharmacies between 2007/08 and 2017/18. What does it say? The total number of community pharmacy contractors fell by 80 (0.7%) on 2016/17 to 11,619 with the proportion of independents (5 or less pharmacies) remaining at 38% The number of 100 hour contracts fell by 10 to 1,179 The number of distance selling pharmacies rose by 29 to 350 The total number of prescriptions dispensed in … [Read more...] about Pharmaceutical Services Report 2017/18
In the 2017/18 season 77% (8981) of pharmacy contractors in England signed up for the NHS service last year and delivered 1,344,462 flu vaccinations to eligible groups and was worth over £12million in fees to the sector. There was an average of 150 vaccinations per pharmacy, 33% up on 2016/17, with six pharmacies doing more than 1000 and many also providing private flu vaccinations under a separate PGD to non-eligible groups and local employers. This increased the reach of the whole NHS flu … [Read more...] about Planning for a successful Pharmacy Flu Vaccination service
NICE have launched this guidance - Community Pharmacies: promoting health and wellbeing. It is important that pharmacy owners, pharmacists and pharmacy teams, particularly Health Champions, and local commissioners of both health and wellbeing services understand what the recommendations are and what this means for them. Overview This guideline covers how community pharmacies can help maintain and improve people's physical and mental health and wellbeing, including people with a long-term … [Read more...] about NICE Guidance on promoting health and wellbeing in Community Pharmacies
It's been quite a week. Like many small businesses, we frequently find ourselves responding in the moment, juggling many balls in an attempt to doing everything we can, to be flexible to our customer's needs. At best this is exciting, stimulating and challenging in equal measure. At worst, we are firefighting and hoping (with everything crossed) that what we do will make us some profit to keep going. Sound familiar? We meet many independent pharmacy contractors who are caught in that … [Read more...] about The importance of numbers