This NICE guideline covers how community pharmacies can help maintain and improve people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, including people with a long-term condition. It aims to encourage more people to use community pharmacies by integrating them within existing health and care pathways and ensuring they offer standard services and a consistent approach. It requires a collaborative approach from individual pharmacies and their representatives, local authorities and other commissioners.
The latest published data shows the last five year performance of the NHS Health Check, with over 14 million people being offered a Health Check and almost 7 million having one.
Alongside the publication of the data, Public Health England announced that dementia risk will now be included as part of the Check, enabling health professionals in GP surgeries and the community to give advice on dementia risk to patients. Adding dementia to the Check will enable conversations with patients about how they can reduce their dementia risk, including keeping active, stopping smoking and ensuring you ‘know your numbers’ (blood pressure and cholesterol).
All care providers have a responsibility to inform patients about the national data opt-out service that allows people to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning. Private providers for care that are funded or coordinated by the NHS or a local authority also share this responsibility.
The national data opt-out programme will be writing to CCGs encouraging them to order a communications pack for use by all private providers from whom they have commissioned care. Digital resources are also available on NHS CommsLink. If you have yet to register with CommsLink, please request a login from email@example.com. Further information for health and care professionals about the national data opt-out is available on the NHS Digital website.
NHS Digital has published the practice level prescribing data for May 2018. It lists of all medicines, dressings and appliances that are prescribed by all practices in England and dispensed in the community each month.