Check Your Medicines grants wrap up
The first Stay On Your Feet® grant round aimed to highlight the safe use of medicines and vitamin D intake, which are known to help reduce the incidence of falls in older adults.
Congratulations to the three successful applicants listed below who implemented these innovative campaign projects during the Check Your Medicines campaign, which ran from May to June 2015.
Broadway Pharmacy worked with local health organisations on health promotion opportunities and to increase GP referrals. They hosted an event to promote the benefits of vitamin D and trained pharmacy assistants on vitamin D and the risk of falls.
South West Women’s Health Service worked with Nicole Frayne a researcher and pharmacist to provide “Manage Your Medicines” information sessions throughout the South West. They adopted a capacity building approach to consult with older adults and other community members to provide information and asked for their assistance in developing a local educational resource.
Wheatbelt Public Health Unit linked up older adults with existing local medicine review programs. The project promotes actions to reduce falls and gives away resources which reinforce the importance of medication management. The project is also drawing inspiration from the NHS Medicine Passport Project [MPP] and is using multiple strategies such as increasing opportunities for Home Medication Reviews. The program is now self funded and with the support of the partnerships gained through the grants program it is continuing to run in the Wheatbelt.