Bury: Helping Yourself To Wellbeing free course
Bury pharmacies may wish to signpost people to a free seven-week course helping them adopt healthier lifestyles, and set achievable goals for themselves. The Helping Yourself To Wellbeing course is open to anyone registered with a Bury GP and covers topics including self-esteem, behaviour change and dealing with stress. The next courses start in Radcliffe on 18th January, Prestwich & Whitefield on 19th January, and Bury on 24th January. Find out more, including referral forms (expand the dropdowns on the page for full details).
Bury: Consultation event on dementia/age/autism-friendly town
Bury Council is running an engagement event from 9.30am-12.30pm on Tuesday 30th January to outline their vision for a ‘Friendly Bury’, i.e. a town that is age-friendly, dementia-friendly, autism-friendly, etc. They will be consulting on Bury’s age-friendly plan, Bury’s dementia improvement plan and Bury’s plan for people with autism. If you would like to attend, you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and which condition(s) you are particularly interested in (e.g. dementia, ageing well or autism).
Salford: ‘Swap to Stop’ EoI deadline extended
The deadline for pharmacies to submit expressions of interest in the ‘Swap to Stop’ pilot has been extended to 1pm on Friday (12th Jan). Selected pharmacies will be provided with information about vaping and how to support people in making the switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes. Participating pharmacies will support the public health LES by:
- Redeeming voucher postcards from current smokers, and encouraging them to switch to an e-cigarette;
- Conducting a CO test to interested participants to confirm they are a current smoker, and at regular intervals throughout the pilot project;
- Being a distribution point for participants to redeem their free e-cig ‘starter kit’ (chosen e-cig and 2-week supply of vape liquid), providing advice and guidance around choice of e-cig and vape liquid and strength; and
- Offering additional stop smoking advice if required.
Successful pharmacies will be contacted by close of play next Monday (15th Jan). Training will take place on the evening of Wednesday 17th January.
If your pharmacy would like to take part, complete the expression of interest form, and email it to Kuiama.email@example.com by 1pm on Friday 12th January:
Note: This is a time-limited pilot funded by GMHSCP and at present there are no plans to roll out the project to other areas or to extend the project beyond the three-month timeframe.
Stockport: Stockport Together consultation responses
An independent analysis has now been published of the Stockport Together public consultation that took place last year on proposals to transform health and social care in the borough. The proposals included integrated community-based health and social care teams and reducing the number of hospital beds. Stockport CCG and Stockport Council are reviewing the report and will publish a response explaining what happens next with the proposals.
Stockport: Locality event postponed
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone the education and briefing event for Stockport pharmacies that was due to take place on 10th January at Bredbury Hall Hotel. The event will be rescheduled for late January or early February. We have contacted everyone who had booked. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Trafford: Novation of substance misuse services
Pharmacies that provide needle exchange and supervised consumption in Trafford will have were sent a personalised deed of novation letter last Friday. (As mentioned in previous newsletters, the council is novating these contracts to the new lead provider, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT.)
Pharmacies have been given a deadline of this Friday (12th January) to sign and return three hard copies of the letter (i.e. confirming you accept the novation and are happy to continue providing the service) by post to:
Specialist Commissioner – Public Health Children, Families and Wellbeing Directorate
Trafford Town Hall
Wigan: Public health annual report 2017