health promotion

Training: HLP Health Champions (31st Jul-1st Aug)

We're helping Greater Manchester pharmacies expand the number of Health Champions with free training places on Tuesday 31st July to Wednesday 1st August in Stockport.

The two-day course will lead to a recognised RSPH Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement qualification - this is one of the requirements for pharmacies to achieve, and maintain, their status as Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1. (Participants must attend both days, complete a multiple-choice test on day two, and produce photographic ID to complete the training.)

(This course is NOT suitable for pharmacy staff who are already trained Health Champions.)

Find out more and book your place here (max 1 per pharmacy)

Note: Capacity is limited to 20 people per course. If you've booked a place and cannot attend, you must contact us to cancel or you will be charged a £65 fee. 

News: Health Champions helping people feel better & live longer

Almost all Greater Manchester pharmacies now have dedicated Health Champions who can help people feel better, live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. Health Champions are specially trained pharmacy staff who offer advice and support to help people lead healthier lives.

Anne-Marie Jackson and Sharon Mason, from Centre Pharmacy in Cheadle Hulme, are just two of the many Health Champions making a massive difference to people's lives. Over the last few years, Anne-Marie and Sharon have offered advice and guidance on everything from support for carers, dementia, losing weight, stopping smoking, being more active, and reducing the risk of illnesses including heart disease and cancer.  
They are highly-skilled at broaching sensitive issues like someone’s weight, alcohol use or mental health, and it often starts with the simplest of conversations. “People might come in for one thing, you get chatting and five minutes later they will open up and ask about another health issue or concern,” Sharon explains.  
“The key is listening to people and offering them the opportunity to open up if they want to,” adds Anne-Marie. “We get chatting and ask them how they’re doing today. If someone says they’re not sleeping well, for example, you can gently ask if anything in particular is keeping them awake."

GM Healthcare Academy is helping pharmacies to expand the number of Health Champions by offering free training this summer. (Book here.) The two-day course (31st July & 1st August) leads to a recognised RSPH Level 2 qualification in Understanding Health Improvement. It also helps pharmacies to achieve and maintain Healthy Living Pharmacy Level 1 status, as one of the requirements is that at least one member of staff must have completed Health Champions training of this kind.

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News: Oral health events inspire pharmacy teams

Pharmacy staff were able to brush up on their knowledge of oral health – including hygiene, children’s tooth decay, and early signs of cancer – thanks to GM Healthcare Academy.

We joined forces with Greater Manchester dentists for a series of training events to help pharmacy teams deliver a public information campaign raising awareness of tooth decay, mouth cancers and other aspects of oral health.

The events got great feedback from participants with comments including:

  • “Very useful to have dentists present to discuss issues with and get ideas”
  • “Very interesting and tailored to pharmacy daily practice”
  • “Very informative but not overloading with information good visual aids”

Pharmacy teams across Greater Manchester promoted oral health awareness in a campaign during National Smile Month (14th May-14th June).

News: Pharmacies raise awareness of bowel cancer screening

Pharmacy teams across Greater Manchester took part in a mass campaign to raise public awareness of bowel cancer screening, supported by GM Healthcare Academy.

We ran a series of training sessions in March to help pharmacies prepare for the campaign by learning key facts and techniques for initiating conversations with patients eligible for NHS bowel cancer screening. Attendees also received a free resource pack with materials to help them promote the campaign in their pharmacies.

More than 100 pharmacy staff attended the training sessions, with almost all saying the event had enabled them to feel confident chatting to people about bowel cancer screening during the awareness campaign in April.