The community pharmacy workforce is an integral part of primary care. This programme of work seeks to develop and upskill this population to make every contact count in communities across south London.
To date, 708 front line staff in community pharmacies have become Health Champions, following completion of the Royal Society of Public Health Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement. The introduction of a CPD passport has given frontline staff the opportunity to develop their portfolio in a consistent way across south London, so it is more easily recognised. Training has been offered in a number of areas including mental health, first aid, dementia friends, vaccination, and cancer awareness.
Pharmacists have been invited to attend five training sessions per year in both clinical and non-clinical topics such as diabetes, hypertension, safeguarding, and eye health. Each topic is linked to national and local initiates. Twenty three pharmacists have completed a ten month leadership training course, and 500 members of staff have been trained as part of a flu vaccination training programme. Forty eight pharmacists have also been funded to become independent prescribers.
The model for PESL (Pharmacy Education South London) continues to go from strength to strength, within which a single teaching topic is repeated over a six week period in various locations across south London. Upcoming topics include sexual health delivered by a GP specialist and talking to other health care professionals.
Building on the success of a leadership training programme, modules are now being offered to whole pharmacy teams. Some modules are also being offered to multi-professional teams and advertised via the south London CEPN network.
For more information about Health Champions and some of the other work being carried out in south London Community Pharmacy see the South London Health Champions website.