Pharmacy: a way forward for public health – opportunities for action through pharmacy for public health

Public Health England, September 2017

This document sets out a range of opportunities for pharmacy teams working in communities, and through their daily interactions with patients and the public, to play an important role in protecting and improving the health of the nation.

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Adult weight management: changing behaviour techniques

Public Health England, June 2017

These recommended behaviour change techniques are for use in weight management services, and are based on recommendations from NICE guidance and evidence from large systematic reviews.

This accompanies the guidance for commissioning and delivering tier 2 adult weight management services.

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Healthy living: mosques

Public Health England, June 2017

The aim of this guide is to provide mosque leaders and communities with public health evidence and recommendations, demonstrating how these recommendations link into Islamic teachings, with case study examples from local mosques.  The guide includes a self-assessment checklist for mosques to reflect on current initiatives, identify gaps, recognise achievement and develop plans for future projects.

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System launched to help tackle harms from new psychoactive substances

Public Health England, March 2017

Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is piloting a national system to help better monitor the negative effects of new psychoactive substances and share best treatment practice across a variety of settings, including A&E, sexual health clinics, mental health services, prison health services, drug treatment services and GP surgeries.

The UK-wide, easy to use Report Illicit Drug Reaction (RIDR) system will be accessible to all front line health staff. Information about the drug and its effects will be recorded anonymously using an online portal. Data from the tool will be analysed by experts to identify patterns of symptoms and harms. This will be used to inform treatment guidance and help staff deal more quickly with unknown substances, and improve patient safety.

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