Mandatory Public Health Campaigns 2019

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 – 2019

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 2019. 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 campaigns calendar explains what campaigns pharmacies should run when and includes a sheet for you to record your activity on a daily basis and enter it into PharmOutcomes. Please make sure you have entered all your campaign activity onto PharmOutcomes by the end of the subsequent month. This ‘1,2,3 guide’ explains how to sign up for free resources from Public Health England.

2019 campaigns:

The Greater Manchester pharmacy health campaigns for 2019 focus on cancer awareness, prevention and early detection. You should enter all your campaigns activity onto the relevant module on PharmOutcomes (under Greater Manchester services) by the end of the month after the campaign, i.e. by 30th April for cervical cancer activity in March.

The 2019 campaigns are listed below. We will publish details of training and resources to help you deliver these campaigns nearer the time:

  • 1st-31st March: Cervical cancer awareness
  • 1st-30th April: Bowel cancer awareness
  • 15th May-15th June: Oral health awareness
  • 1st July-31st August: Breast cancer awareness
  • 1st-31st October: Stoptober
  • 1st-30th November: Men’s health awareness

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.