New toolkit to help measure public health impact
Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) have today publishedÂ â€œEveryday Interactionsâ€, a report which aims to support community pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to record and measure their public health impact.Â Â
Gul Root, Public Health Englandâ€™s Lead Public Health Pharmacist, said:Â â€œCommunity pharmacy teams play a vital role in supporting people to look after their health and regularly provide timely health promoting support and advice. This is often seen as being part of their everyday practice so this toolkit will help them document and measure their invaluable contribution to improving the nationâ€™s health.â€
The findings from the survey of healthcare professionals showed that the majority (70%) believe protecting and promoting the publicâ€™s health is important.Â Despite this fewer than 1 in 5 (19%) currently measure the public health impact of their day to day work. The main barriers to collecting, recording and collating data from public health interventions included time, capacity and training.Â Â
Based on the public health priorities identified by Public Health Englandâ€™sÂ All Our HealthÂ framework including obesity, alcohol and smoking, the toolkit provides the means forÂ pharmacists to record and collate their work so it makes an impact.
You can access the toolkit here.