Ask Your Pharmacist Week gets under way

Today marks the start of Ask Your Pharmacist Week - an annual initiative by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) and the NHS to build public understanding of community pharmacy services and the role of pharmacists.

The theme of this year’s Ask Your Pharmacist Week is ‘Your local pharmacy in the NHS family’. It will run from 2-9 November and as usual aims both to raise awareness of pharmacy services and to prompt conversations with key stakeholders at a local level about community pharmacy’s role and benefits. According to an opinion survey carried out for the NPA in June, 30% of people are unaware that community pharmacies are part of the NHS, despite the fact that pharmacies are the most visited of all settings where NHS care is offered. Campaign materials therefore highlight pharmacy-based NHS services and that community pharmacy teams work with other health service providers to deliver patient-centred care.   NPA Head of Communications, Stephen Fishwick, said: “During the coronavirus pandemic, community pharmacy teams have worked unstintingly on the health service frontline to provide great patient care in difficult circumstances, alongside colleagues from other professions. “This year’s Ask Your Pharmacist week is a chance to further establish in the public’s mind that community pharmacies are a key member of the NHS family. “The better it’s understood that community pharmacies are part of the NHS team, the more people will be willing to access NHS services in pharmacies and support the further development of integrated, patient-centred care.”…

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Record a personal video message for Ask Your Pharmacist Week 2019

Get involved with Ask Your Pharmacist Week 2019 (11-18 November) by recording a short video using the AYP Facebook filter with a themed backdrop. e.g. this is a still image, just to give you an idea of what this could look like: How to use this video: This filter can be accessed from Facebook. Once recorded, you will be given the option to post the video to your stories, or to save to your camera roll. We recommend that you save it to your camera roll as Facebook stories only last for 24 hours. Pro tip: from your camera roll, you will also be able to upload your video to your other social media platforms. To get started, simply scan the following QR code using your phone camera or QR scanner app if you have one, or simply follow the instructions below. Instructions: Go to the Facebook app or install it if you haven’t got it. You will need to be using a phone or tablet device that has a camera. Open the Facebook app, search for “National Pharmacy Association” and go to the page (make sure you like the page whilst you’re there) Scroll down the page until you see the first post, which should look like this: Click on the “Try it” or “Open Camera” button in the bottom right of the image.…