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North East London Local Pharmacy Committee

 north-east-london-local-pharmacy-committeeSkills Support for the Workforce delivers successful training programmes to London pharmacists, helping them confidently deliver better health outcomes for their communities.

Skills Support for the Workforce partner Tower Hamlets College was approached by the North East London Local Pharmacy Committee (NELLPC) in 2013 to provide training for their members, enabling them to be ‘healthy living champions’ and contribute to meeting their NHS and Health and Wellbeing Board contractual requirements to provide bet­ter health out­comes for local patients.

The com­mit­tee, which rep­res­ents all phar­ma­cies in the Lon­don bor­oughs of Bark­ing and Dagen­ham, Haver­ing, Newham, Red­bridge, Tower Ham­lets and Waltham Forest, identified an urgent need for training as pharmacy staff now have new responsibilities to protect and improve health and wellbeing as part of new changes introduced into the NHS delivery model.

The training provided by Tower Hamlets College supports the pharmacy staff in tackling health issues in their communities such as smoking, sexual health, alco­hol and drug mis­use and obesity.

Thanks to the funding from Skills Support for the Workforce, Tower Hamlets College has run two successful programmes with pharmacies across east London. 100 pharmacy staff have now successfully achieved Level 2 Awards in Understanding Health Improvement, a qualification awarded by the Royal Society of Public Health.

The local pharmacies have been delighted with the outcomes their staff have achieved to date, and are looking forward to further Skills Support for the Workforce training to help to improve their business outcomes.

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