Healthy Pharmacies Initiative
Pharmacies are a great source of information and advice about health and wellbeing in our communities, but often their expertise is underused. NHS Lambeth CCG is delighted to announce that an innovative new scheme that encourages people to make full use of their local pharmacies has been launched in Lambeth – Healthy Living Pharmacies.
The Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLP) initiative is lead by NHS Lambeth CCG and the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) and encourages pharmacies to support health and wellbeing to residents across the borough of Lambeth. One of the ways it is doing this is by training staff as ‘healthy living champions’.
We have a total of 66 local ‘healthy living champions’ based in participating Lambeth pharmacies. These are primarily counter staff who have taken an additional public health qualification giving them the knowledge and confidence to offer advice about making healthy lifestyle choices. If you are thinking about quitting smoking, losing weight or cutting back your alcohol intake, they can offer advice and let you know about local support which can keep people on track for better health.
Our local champions celebrated their success earlier in the summer when they were presented with their certificates by Richard Parish, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Public Health (awarding body).
Richard said: “The Healthy Living Pharmacy initiative is a real opportunity to address the current health challenges, which are being faced across local communities in London”.
Ash Soni, Clinical Network Lead and pharmacist within a local HLP said “Having champions working in our pharmacies increases the skills and capabilities of the pharmacy team and they can help support patients and the public in understanding their choices in managing their own health and wellbeing”
The network of Healthy Living Champions is ever increasing in Lambeth, which is great news for the whole of the health care community and even more so for Lambeth patients. The new healthy living champions deserve a large amount of credit for the hard work that they have put into passing the examination.
In addition to the important work of our ‘champions’, Healthy Living Pharmacies in Lambeth carry out health checks, support people to quit smoking, provide emergency contraception and carry out ‘medicine reviews’.