PHE report identifies public health opportunities through community pharmacy

PHE report identifies public health opportunities through community pharmacy

September 8, 2017

Public Health England (PHE) has published a report, Pharmacy – A Way Forward for Public Health, which sets out opportunities for commissioner and provider-led action at a local level to realise community pharmacy’s key role in improving health and reducing health inequalities.

It identifies a number of interventions that pharmacy teams can deliver to enable healthier lifestyles of people, communities and the nation.

The publication looks at the commissioning landscape and the emergence of Healthy Living Pharmacies, and examines public health interventions that are, or could be, delivered through community pharmacies. It highlights the potential role of community pharmacy in addressing key priorities for Health and Wellbeing Boards and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.

The report highlights many public health areas where community pharmacies could have a potential role, which include blood pressure and atrial fibrillation, diet and obesity, dementia and maternity and early years.

The authors of the report hope that commissioners and providers will use the opportunities for action to maximise the potential contribution of community pharmacy’s trained and trusted healthcare professionals to improve the health of the nation.

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