The public awareness campaign for community pharmacy, ‘Ask Your Pharmacist Week’ this year will be on 31 October – 7 November, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has announced.

Every year AYP Week is held across the UK, with an aim to raise awareness of pharmacy services and to prompt conversations with key stakeholders at a local level about community pharmacy’s role and benefits.

Activities in previous years have ranged from public exhibitions and window posters to social media campaigns, projects with patient groups and visits to pharmacies from local dignitaries and politicians.

NPA Head of Communications, Stephen Fishwick, said, “AYP Week is an important fixture in the pharmacy calendar, as it creates a space for focused public awareness activities to help customers, patients and stakeholders understand more fully the community pharmacy offer.

We want people to be more aware of long-standing and new NHS services plus the skills and expertise on offer in pharmacies across the UK. AYP also aims to cultivate a richer dialogue with key stakeholders, which in England now includes leaders in Integrated Care Systems.”

Meanwhile, any NPA member or pharmacy stakeholders wishing to get involved should contact the NPA’s Head of Communications, Stephen Fishwick, at [email protected].

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