Health trainers become champions in helping people in their city pharmacies

Rowlands Pharmacy ''Quit for Life' advisor Jackie Rockall congratulates Reg Avis who has given up smoking after more than 60 years.    'Picture: Mick Young
Rowlands Pharmacy ''Quit for Life' advisor Jackie Rockall congratulates Reg Avis who has given up smoking after more than 60 years. 'Picture: Mick Young
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Thirteen more pharmacy staff in Portsmouth have achieved their Health Trainer Champion qualifications.

The students are all pharmacy assistants and technicians based in 13 pharmacies across the city.

Their new training will help them to deliver Portsmouth’s Healthy Living Pharmacy initiative, which gives patients more health and wellbeing support from pharmacies.

They join 41 pharmacy Health Trainer Champions who qualified in 2010.

Health Trainer Champions are experts in health in their local area and on hand to give free advice to patients with questions about improving or maintaining their health.

Many of the class are also involved in providing NHS services in their pharmacies such as help to stop smoking, lose weight, or cut down on the amount of alcohol they drink in a week.

‘I enjoyed the training and I’ve found it useful for my role.

‘I think it’s important for every one to keep learning,’ says newly-qualified champion Lynn Wyatt, from Rowlands Pharmacy in Eastney Road, Southsea.

‘Each session helped me build my understanding and thanks to the course I learnt a few things I wouldn’t have otherwise known.’

The training was provided by city-based social enterprise Learning Links.

The course was funded by NHS Portsmouth and the students had to undertake a five-week course and complete an exam.

You can find out more about the Healthy Living Pharmacy scheme on the website pompey-pharmacy.info