RSPH launch Healthy Living Pharmacy Registration

  • 10 January 2017 |
  • Published in HLP News

RSPH launch Healthy Living Pharmacy Registration

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) who were commissioned by Public Health England last year to quality assure Healthy Living Pharmacy self-assessment have now launched their registration process online. Once a pharmacy has met all of the criteria for becoming a Level 1 HLP and created their portfolio of evidence, they can now make their declaration and register with RSPH in time to claim their first quality payment in April 2017.

RSPH will also be responsible for conducting compliance visits of registered premises to make sure that pharmacies continue to meet the required standards. Pharmacies will be chosen at random and will be visited by a representative from RSPH who will review the portfolio of evidence to validate their registration.

For more details visit www.rsph.org.uk/our-services/registration-healthy-living-pharmacies-level1.html

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Preventing Suicide - Who would you call?

  • 16 January 2017 |
  • Published in HLP News

Preventing suicide

A 'reinvigorated' National Suicide Prevention Strategy launched last week should alert pharmacies to those they come into contact with who are most at risk of suicide. It is well known that pharmacy staff engage with people who have little or no other access to other healthcare providers so being aware of what factors lead to a person taking their own life and where they can get help is essential for every Healthy Living Pharmacy.

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Five Ways to Wellbeing

  • 17 February 2017 |
  • Published in HLP News

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Ever found yourself talking to a patient, friend or family member who is depressed, distressed or stressed out and you want to help but don't know quite what to suggest?

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HLP Round-up

HLP Round-up

It's been a busy couple of months for our tutors as we have been helping pharmacies the length and breadth of the country prepare to become Healthy Living Pharmacies in advance of the first quality payment this month. Leadership and Health Champion training are the backbone to achieving HLP status and we wanted to share a few of our recent success stories.

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10 Tips for Top Health Promotion Displays!

Healthy Living Pharmacy Display Tips

So you've done the training and you're keen to put your learning into action to improve the health of your community. You may not have realised it before but a dedicated area of the pharmacy with an engaging display on health matters can encourage your patients to make changes in their behaviour. These areas are sometimes called 'Health Zones' and every HLP must have one, but how can you best catch people's attention when they're waiting for their prescription or browsing the shelves?

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Stroke

Stroke

Would you know what to do if someone has a stroke in front of you?

According to research done by the Stroke Association charity, every five minutes in the UK somebody will have a stroke which amounts to 100,000 strokes happening every year. Stroke can happen to anyone, whether young or old and surprisingly the Stroke Association even reports that almost 400 children have a stroke every year. For pharmacy teams knowing the warning signs of stroke is essential to help individuals get the vital support a person needs. A useful way to remember what to do is to act FAST, the letters of which give guidance on how to act when faced with a person having a stroke. This stands for:

Face - can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?


Arms - can the person raise both arms and keep them there?


Speech Problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?


Time - if you see any of these 3 signs it is time to call 999


Stroke symptoms can occur rapidly, and using FAST helps us to identify the main symptoms. However, the list is not exhaustive as other symptoms may also occur, including dizziness, loss of vision, blurred vision, paralysis of one side of the body, confusion, balance issues, difficulty swallowing and unconsciousness.

Remember, stroke is a medical emergency so if any symptoms occur, urgent medical attention is required. By acting FAST, less damage may happen and we can help rebuild a patient.

So, what is a Stroke?

A stroke happens when blood supply to parts of the brain is cut off, stopping the brain from receiving oxygen and other essential nutrients thereby effectively damaging or killing off the brain cells. This can occur as our blood vessels in the body harden and narrow allowing clots or blockages to form which lead to blood flow being restricted or stopped. This can also result in brain injuries, disabilities and even death.

There are two main types of stroke which both affect the brain in different ways. Ischaemic stroke occurs when there is a blockage of blood flow to the brain caused by blood clot or other obstruction. A haemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood vessels supplying the brain have narrowed and weakened and then burst causing bleeding. You may also hear people refer to a ‘mini-stroke’ which is also known as a transient ischaemic attack (TIA). This occurs when there is a temporary interruption of the blood supply to the brain lasting anything from a few minutes to a few hours. The symptoms may resolve quickly but should not be dismissed as they indicate the person is at a greater risk of having a full stroke at some point in the future.

As we get older our risk of stroke increases but our general health also plays a big part with conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity all increasing our chance of stroke. Smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and lack of exercise all add to the risk, so as healthcare professionals we are in a great position to talk to our patients about how to reduce the likelihood of being affected by the condition. Simple measures such as being more active, cutting down on eating saturated fats and understanding how our stress levels can be managed all have positive impacts on our stroke risk.

Unfortunately, there are some factors that we cannot change such as our age and medical and family histories, but by managing better those factors that we can influence, our stroke risk can be managed too.

Having a stroke is life changing and affects individuals in many different ways. In most cases, stroke victims are left with long term issues which can have an impact on their quality of life and independence. They may require the support of their family and carers in performing normal daily tasks such as washing and eating. It can also be life changing for family members, especially if they are required to become the carers, so knowing where they can be signposted for further help and support in the locality is very important.

For more information about stroke and how to support stoke victims and their families and carers, please visit:

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