Supporting the DHSC: Think Pharmacy First

    UK Meds provides you with all you need to know about the Department of Health & Social Care campaign Think Pharmacy First.

    What is Think Pharmacy First?

    Think Pharmacy First is a new phase of NHS England's 'Help Us, Help You' campaign which launched on the 19th of February 2024. This initiative is designed to increase public awareness about the support that community pharmacists can provide. It highlights the convenience and accessibility of pharmacists who can supply medications for a range of conditions right at the community level.

    DHSC - Think Pharmacy First

    What does Think Pharmacy First aim to achieve?

    The primary goals of Think Pharmacy First are:

    • Increase Healthcare Accessibility:

    Make healthcare more accessible and convenient for individuals with minor health conditions.

    • Educate the Public: 

    Inform the public about new pharmacy services available for conditions such as sinusitis, sore throat, earache, infected insect bites, impetigo, shingles, and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

    • Target Key Demographics: 

    Focus on working-age adults (18-40), ethnic minority groups, and individuals with disabilities to address health inequalities.

    • Wide Promotion: 

    Promote the campaign through various media channels including TV on Demand, public spaces, online videos, and social media.

    • Engage Multicultural and Disabled Audiences: 

    Provide targeted activities and resources, including British Sign Language (BSL) and Easy Read versions, to ensure the campaign reaches multicultural and disabled audiences effectively.

    How can UK Meds help?

    UK Meds supports the Think Pharmacy First campaign by providing quick and easy access to the medications people need, helping to relieve the pressure on NHS doctors and pharmacies. UK Meds is also dedicated to providing support to campaigns organised by the Department of Health and Social Care and will aim to spread awareness of this and future campaigns.  

    Key Takeaways

    What is Think Pharmacy First?

    • Think Pharmacy First is part of NHS England's 'Help Us, Help You' campaign, launched on 19th February 2024. It aims to increase public awareness of the support and convenience that community pharmacists can provide for various health conditions.

    Goals of Think Pharmacy First:

    Increase Healthcare Accessibility:

    • Make healthcare more convenient for minor health conditions by utilizing community pharmacists.

    Educate the Public:

    • Inform people about pharmacy services for conditions like sinusitis, sore throat, earache, and UTIs.

    Target Key Demographics:

    • Focus on working-age adults (18-40), ethnic minority groups, and individuals with disabilities to address health inequalities.

    How UK Meds Helps:

    • UK Meds supports the Think Pharmacy First campaign by offering quick access to medications, thereby reducing the burden on NHS doctors and pharmacies. They also help spread awareness of this and other health campaigns organized by the Department of Health and Social Care.

    Sources

    Think Pharmacy First | Department of Health and Social Care - GOV.UK

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