NPA and CCA promote community pharmacy careers in Scottish schools

A new support pack aimed at school children has been created in a bid to boost community pharmacy as a career choice in Scotland.

Produced by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) and the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), Community Pharmacy – A career choice in Scotland includes a PowerPoint presentation, activity sheets, and further information on how to become part of the community pharmacy team in Scotland. All community pharmacy team members in Scotland can use the support pack, developed in consultation with school teachers, to provide support to schools directly by attending career events, or by signposting local schools to the resource. It describes the role of a community pharmacist, why it is a valuable career choice and how to find out more about becoming a community pharmacist. In addition to pharmacists, the resource highlights other community pharmacy roles including pharmacy technicians, pharmacy dispensers and healthcare assistants. Janice Oman, the NPA’s Country Manager in Scotland said: “We have created this resource because community pharmacy needs to continually attract the next generation into the workforce.  Despite all of the pressures of working in such a responsible job, a career in pharmacy gives you a chance to work with passionate, dedicated colleagues to help many people in a very direct way. The focus on patient welfare means pharmacy is a profession in which a variety of people skills are developed, extending far beyond a knowledge of medicines.”…

NPA/CCA Community Pharmacy school resource

The NPA/CCA Community Pharmacy – A career choice in Scotland are resources to promote community pharmacy to school pupils. These resource includes a PowerPoint presentation, information handouts, activity sheet, and further information on how to become part of the community pharmacy team in Scotland.…
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Resources for mandated Public Health Campaigns for September and October

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have agreed the 6 public health campaign topics nationally for 2019/20.

The two forthcoming campaigns are – Antimicrobial Resistance in September and Stoptober (tobacco) in October. PHE will be delivering resources for the campaigns to all community pharmacies in England starting form this week. Packs will start arriving via courier from 21 August but if pharmacies have not received their pack by 27 August, PHE advise that NPA members check with their colleagues if someone else has signed for it. If not, send an email to: partnerships@phe.gov.uk stating pharmacy name, address, postcode and name of the campaign(s) they’ve not received materials for. Social media and digital resources for these campaigns will be available on PHE’s Campaign Resource Centre closer to campaign launch and can be used to support the campaign. Pharmacies will also receive resources to use with members of the public on, productive healthy ageing and physical activity. Packs include: Resources to support the publication of Menu of Interventions for Productive Healthy Ageing Community pharmacies will receive a set of cards that can be used when talking to older people about healthy ageing. This follows on from the PHE publication – a Menu of Interventions for Productive Healthy Ageing for Pharmacy Teams in March 2019. The cards are an easy to use resource that pharmacy teams can use in their everyday interactions with older people to support them to lead more independent lives and improve their quality of life.…

Ask Your Pharmacist Week gets underway

Thousands of pharmacies are displaying Let's Talk Medicines Safety posters for Ask Your Pharmacist Week, which kicks off on Monday. They are also distributing leaflets encouraging patients to have full and frank conversations about safe and effective medicines use.

The initiative is part of the National Pharmacy Association’s response to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ambitious challenge of reducing medicines related harm by 50% globally. The WHO has identified that effective communication between patients and health care professionals is an essential element of medicines safety. NPA Head of Communications, Stephen Fishwick, said: “As usual, Ask your Pharmacist Week is an opportunity for pharmacies to promote awareness of the services they offer and to highlight the expert advice available in pharmacies. This year’s campaign has a particular focus on improving safe medicines use by encouraging dialogue and empowering patients.” Rachel Power, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, said: “Having a good understanding of how their medicines work helps patients take an active role in their own care.  Patients should give full and clear information to their pharmacist and be supported to demand full and clear advice in return.  We encourage pharmacists to get involved in Ask Your Pharmacist week and to continue a healthy dialogue with patients all year round.” A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Co-op, which is taking part in the week’s activities, said: “It’s important that patients feel able to ask pharmacists anything at all about their medicines, health and wellbeing.…