PSNC responds to government consultation on prevention

PSNC responds to government consultation on prevention

October 15, 2019

PSNC has outlined how community pharmacies can contribute to the prevention agenda in its response to a government consultation.

Earlier this year, the Government set out a green paper, Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, outlining policy ideas to help prevent ill-health. The paper then opened to consultation in the form of an online survey, including questions on:

  • NHS Health Checks;
  • Diet;
  • Mental health;
  • Sexual and reproductive health; and
  • Value for money.

The questions cover a range of topics within the healthcare landscape, and PSNC has answered them where appropriate. One question is solely focused on community pharmacy, asking: have you got examples or ideas for services or advice that could be delivered by community pharmacies to promote health? Here, PSNC put forward a number of suggestions for additional services, including:

  • Further development of the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) concept;
  • The NHS Health Check, along with additions that would allow pharmacies to provide greater follow-up testing and support for patients;
  • Routine management of some patients with long-term conditions helping them to build the knowledge, skills and confidence to do more to manage their own health;
  • COPD case finding;
  • A wider range of vaccinations, including catch-up provision for cohorts of patients where vaccination levels are below targets;
  • A smoking cessation service to increase reach to target the remaining, harder to access smokers;
  • An EHC and first contraception service through community pharmacy; and
  • A nationally commissioned ‘full’ sexual health service, including a range of screening and treatment, e.g. chlamydia.

The consultation has now closed, but you can read PSNC’s response in full below.

PSNC’s response to the Prevention Green Paper

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