5. Public Health
Each year pharmacies are required to participate in up to six public health campaigns at the request of NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I). This involves the display and distribution of leaflets provided by NHSE&I,.
In addition, pharmacies are required to undertake prescription-linked interventions on major areas of public health concern, such as encouraging smoking cessation. The requirements are set out in the service specification.
Mandatory public health campaign topics for 2020-21
In recent years, PSNC has agreed with NHSE&I to set the six campaign topics at a national level so that all community pharmacy contractors participate in the same campaigns, creatign consistency and increasing accessibility to resources.
It has been agreed that the campaign topics should, wherever possible, support NHSE&I’s operational and public health priorities, such as winter pressures, smoking, obesity and alcohol.
For the time being, these campaigns are suspended and any that are agreed to run during the period of the pandemic will only be focused on the national COVID-19 response.