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PSNC chief executive delivers annual report to LPCs

PSNC chief executive Sue Sharpe has delivered a report to LPCs giving an update on the committee’s work on key topics such as pharmacy funding and highlighting some of the bigger developments for the sector in the past year. 

Addressing more than 200 delegates at the LPC Conference held in Birmingham on November 28, Sue Sharpe welcomed the arrival of regulations bringing an end to some of the principal gateways for new pharmacy openings. 

She highlighted some of the sector’s service successes over the past year, pointing out that the delivery of the New Medicine Service (NMS) had been excellent, with 83 per cent of pharmacies having provided the service and positive outcomes emerging from data captured by PharmOutcomes.

Sue also reported to LPCs on the progress of the Cost of Service Inquiry negotiations and explained the benefits that the sector has gained through ‘regulatory lag’.

Sue went on to describe the work that PSNC is doing on areas such as improving its communications to contractors, helping LPCs and contractors to work effectively in the new commissioning environment and making the payment system more transparent.

Looking ahead, Sue outlined how PSNC will be working with LPCs to develop the sector’s role so that pharmacies can support the health of the public, focusing on areas such as medicines optimisation, minor ailments and supporting independent living.

Click here to read the full CEO report and look out for more information about the LPC Conference in December’s edition of Community Pharmacy News (CPN).

Posted 30 November 2012

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