Increased public awareness of pharmacy services is proof that Pharmacy Voice's campaign to boost the sector's image has been successful, it has told C+D.
YouGov online surveys before and since the representative body launched its Dispensing Health initiative revealed that awareness of pharmacy smoking cessation services rose from 44 per cent to 62 per cent.
Public recognition of minor ailments schemes in pharmacies increased from 48 per cent to 62 per cent, showed the polls, which each had more than 2,000 respondents. Awareness increased from 31 per cent to 48 per cent for healthy living services, Pharmacy Voice said on Monday (August 11).
The representative body attributed the "significant increase" to the combined success of its Dispensing Health PR campaign and NHS England's 10-week campaign to encourage patients to visit a pharmacy, both of which launched in January.
Commissioning of certain services, such as flu vaccinations, was still variable across the country and Pharmacy Voice wanted to prompt the public to question this, he said.
"At the same time, we will continue to stress that pharmacy offers instant [contact with] a health professional with access to a wider range of medicines and treatments than other outlets," he added.
As part of the Dispensing Health campaign, which was first announced in October, Pharmacy Voice sent case studies of pharmacists supporting their communities to a range of media outlets. The campaign was due to run for two years and would also involve sending display materials to pharmacies, Pharmacy Voice said at the time.
Increasing public awareness of pharmacy services
Source: YouGov survey conducted on behalf of Pharmacy Voice, October 2013, January 2014 and June 2014. Sample sizes, respectively: 2,068, 2,086 and 2,742. Percentages indicate proportion of respondents who think community pharmacies offer services in the area indicated