How pharmacists can lead the self-care revolution – supported by RBforHealth your pharmacy training partner
GPs are being asked to not prescribe medications for common conditions and referring patient to self-care for minor conditions. But do patients currently have the ability to do this effectively by themselves? A recent Public Health England Campaign encourages patients to instead consult with their community pharmacists for minor ailments, thereby receiving expert advice from an alternative Healthcare professional. This means a potentially large influx of patients into in an already pressured pharmacy environment. This change might not be something pharmacy asked for however they need to embrace the opportunity and lead the way in self-care to survive in the changing NHS landscape. In a world where Dr Google is the norm and where e-pharmacy is growing at a rapid pace we need to ensure that pharmacy not only has a place in managing minor aliments but ensure patients are getting high quality advice.
This is where RB can help. This year at the pharmacy show RB will be showcasing the ‘rbforhealth Self Care Zone’ where there will be speaker sessions by pharmacists for pharmacists on how to develop services and improve your OTC business. There will be sessions on pain management, dermatology & foot care.
RB is committed to supporting pharmacy to develop their clinical skills with many different activations across multiple platforms.
· RB’s current face to face training seminar ‘Self-care champions: Putting pharmacy first in a changing NHS’ is being delivered across the UK from March until July. To register for this you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
· RB also have the online training resource www.rbforhealth.co.uk a free, simple & interactive learning platform to help pharmacy staff be confident in their self-care advice & recommendations.
· Through the Straight Up Skincare Project – which aims to make skincare simple for both consumers & HCPs - 4 modules have been mailed to every independent pharmacy in the UK; a pharmacist’s module & 3 modules for the pharmacy team plus a consultation guide which will help the team identify & treat common skin conditions. These modules were developed with input from the Primary Care Dermatology Society* (PCDS) & the National Eczema Society *(NES) both of whom are actively working with RB to develop further innovative HCP training programmes. Watch this space.
RB look forwards to seeing you at the event & helping you with your self-care needs.
*These organisations do not endorse any specific products or brands