National Self Care Week (18 – 24 November 2019) – Get Involved!

National Self Care Week (18 – 24 November 2019) – Get Involved!

October 10, 2019

The Self Care Forum, a charity that organises National Self Care Week, is urging community pharmacists to get involved in Self Care Week (18 – 24 Nov) to help people “think self care for life.”

If you participate, it is worthwhile submitting details as part of the Self Care Week Awards which has a £500 cash prize for the best initiative.  For more details see the criteria.

Suggested Self Care Week activities for pharmacies:

  • Promote Think Self Care for Life with posters in the pharmacy.
  • Contact your local CCG, surgery, local authority etc to collaborate on activities that may already be planned or suggest a joint event;
  • Promote the antibiotic guardianship message to help people understand when prescribing is appropriate.
  • Promote wellbeing and lifestyle changes such as:
    • sugar smart messages;
    • weight management
    • reducing alcohol intake;
    • smoking cessation service and signup
    • signpost to local social and interest groups such as ramblers, choir, knit and natter, book clubs etc.
  • Contact the local media to offer a Q&A about how people can self care;
  • Provide opportunistic diagnostic testing such as blood pressure check-ups.
  • Offer schools assembly talks on health knowledge for children
  • Invite a physio/osteopath to the pharmacy for advice on back care
  • Provide factsheet handouts
  • Promote digital health solutions such as NHS Apps and Expert Self Care’s free health apps to encourage self-treatment and improve health knowledge.
  • Jump on social media! (the Self Care Forum can provide ready made tweets and images).
  • Join the Self Care Forum on Monday 18th November at mid-day for its launch twitterchat using @SelfCareForum #scwchat

Here is a toolkit with more information including Self Care Week logos to brand your activities.  Email for more details and if you would like some pre-prepared tweets!

Good luck.

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