Public health campaigns 2018

Pharmacists play an important role in improving people’s health and wellbeing. All pharmacies take part in public health campaigns in their local area. A number offer weight management, smoking cessation and other similar services. Many pharmacies are also part of the Healthy Living Pharmacy scheme.

Public health promotion campaigns – 2018

Greater Manchester commissioners have agreed the six key campaigns for pharmacies across the city region to deliver as part of the NHS pharmaceutical terms of service in 2018. Resources to help you promote the campaigns will be freely available. You may also participate in additional health promotion campaigns, as well as these six if you wish.

This easy-to-follow 2018 campaigns calendar and tally sheet explains what campaigns pharmacies should run when. It includes a sheet for you to record your activity. This letter from commissioners sets out their expectations. This ‘1,2,3 guide’ explains how to sign up for free resources from Public Health England.

2018 campaigns:

  • Download the campaigns calendar for your pharmacy
  • Stay Well (1st Feb-1st April): Resources will be provided by NHS England nearer the time
  • Be Clear on Cancer – Bowel Cancer (1st-30th Apr): Resources available here
  • Dementia Awareness (4th-20th May): Resources available here
  • Oral Health (15th May-15th Jun): Resources will be provided by primary care nearer the time
  • Physical Activity (1st Jul-Sep): Resources available from Public Health England’s Change4Life and One You campaigns
  • Stoptober (1st Oct-31st Oct): Resources will be available nearer the time

Measuring the impact of public health interventions in pharmacy

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has highlighted the important role that health professionals in primary care – including community pharmacy – have on promoting  public health and wellbeing.

The RSPH has issued a call to action and toolkit to help you measure the impact of your work. The call to action encourages health professionals to record everyday interventions where you promote public health messages. It also asks for Health Education England and other bodies to invest more in training and education staff for interventions of this kind, for health professionals to ‘invest’ in services that may be relevant to their patients/customers, and for NHS England to enable recording of interventions in patient records.