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OTC prescribing: where local policy is taking the lead

Dudley CCG’s decision on self care medicines is an interesting approach, says Noel Wicks It seems that the saga surrounding the prescribing of OTC items has reached a new level. In recent weeks Dudley CCG issued a poster stating that prescriptions for self care medicines are no longer available from the GP. This decision follows a local consultation that took place between January and April asking people if they agreed to the proposals. This seems to have been running independently of the Department of Health’s own consultation on the subject that isn’t set to finish until later this year.

Report looks at pharmacy’s expanding role internationally

A new report from the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) looks at the increasing role pharmacy is playing in self care

Enabling self care in Greater Manchester

PAGB is aiming a range of proposals at policy makers. Here is more information and a suggestion for how you can help… John Smith is chief executive of the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) Accident and emergency services across the UK are facing one of the worst winters they’ve ever had, with media reports of vital operations being cancelled and elderly people and children being forced to sleep in hospital corridors due to a lack of bed space. This crisis has only added fuel to the argument that the system needs to start shifting towards a greater focus on preventive care, and a need to educate people – on both a national and local level – about their health and how to self care. This winter, PAGB conducted research into the use of GP and A&E services for self-treatable conditions in Greater Manchester. We found that the area has 12 per cent more A&E attendances for minor ailments than the region with the lowest proportion – the east of England – and almost one in 10 people (nine per cent) lack the confidence to manage their own health.

Remember, self care is for life, not just for Christmas

The busy winter period in pharmacy is a good opportunity to educate the public about self care, says John Smith, chief executive of the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) December is a busy time of year, but as many of your customers finally stop and relax in between Christmas and the New Year, the cold weather, infections, stress, plentiful socialising and overindulgence can all lead to people suffering from winter illness over the festive period. In the days before and after Christmas and New Year, A&E departments typically experience an unwelcome increase in the number of people visiting when most GP surgeries are closed. With urgent care services under particular pressure this year, it’s vital that more people are encouraged to manage self-treatable conditions at home or via the pharmacy, so that A&E resources are rightly spared for the seriously ill and for emergencies.

Encourage more people to self care, PAGB urges

Education and encouragement are key to overcoming barriers to self care, says PAGB as it publishes findings on current attitudes

Simpler health information would support self care

People want health information to be presented more simply a survey of patients has found

East London pharmacies get involved in wellbeing campaign

The Newham Self-Management Support Programme is linking pharmacists with patients living with chronic conditions to develop wellbeing plans

Promoting the importance of self care

P3 speaks to the chief executive of the PAGB, John Smith, about self care

PSNC to assess the social value of community pharmacy

PricewaterhouseCoopers is conducting an independent assessment of the social value of community pharmacy on behalf of PSNC

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