An exciting new opportunity to shape the future of pharmacy is given to pharmacists. Your LPC invites you to have your say.
Improving care through community pharmacy: NHS England Call to Action Shape your future. Join your LPC to write our response to the NHS England’s initiative to reshape the health service with a more prominent role for community pharmacy.
The Government has said, ‘Our aim is to enable community pharmacy to play an even stronger role at the heart of more integrated out-of-hospital services that support better health outcomes for patients, provide more personalised care, deliver excellent patient experience, optimise the use of medicines and secure the most efficient possible use of NHS resources. This work forms part of the wider Call to Action that NHS England launched in July 2013.
The main purpose of this Community Pharmacy Call to Action is to stimulate debate in local communities, with everyone who works with community pharmacy, to find out the best way to develop our integral service.’
How will the LPC work with pharmacists to write a response to the Call to Action and engage with pharmacists, staff and the local people? The Call to Action is our opportunity to discuss your ideas and give feedback to NHS England. The information you share will help local commissioners understand what things are good about local services, what needs to change and where funding would have more impact. This might mean providing more care outside hospital, in community settings, giving better access to pharmacy services and investing more in interventions, such as services for stopping smoking and helping people to lose weight and make healthier choices. And, supporting better use of prescribed medicines. In the slide and resources pack that is given here:
and additional documents signalling big changes are
3 nhs_belongs (this is an earlier publication to engage with the GPs)
4 moc-report-full RPS
On November 5th 2013 the RPS launched ‘Now or Never Shaping pharmacy for the future’ the report of the Commission on future models of care delivered through pharmacy. That report is already changing thinking about the role of pharmacists and the need for the whole profession to change to focussing to providing better care primarily through improved medicines optimisation across the whole medicines pathway. There is a lot more information and you are invited to consider 4 key questions around:
creating a ‘pharmacy first’ culture
ensuring patients get the best from their medicines
integrating community pharmacy into the patient pathway
Increasing safety of dispensing
Join your hardworking and creative LPC colleagues to develop and consider options that we favour for our future as pharmacists on Sunday, 15th January. An invitation with full day’s programme is being written and will be sent to you soon at your pharmacy email address. Please take a look at the slides and resource pack which has more detail and let us know your thoughts and ideas by answering a few simple questions. See you l at the meeting and please prepare to change the future of our profession.