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Pharmacy must use NHS restructure to remove blocks to progress, PSNC CEO tells conference

The “revolutionary changes” being made to healthcare must be used to overcome some of the barriers to the development of community pharmacy services, PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe will today tell LPCs, contractors, charities and commissioners at the Community Pharmacy Conference 2013.

Three and a half weeks into the new commissioning environment, Sue will describe the impact the changes have had on DH resources and PSNC negotiations, and set out a vision for pharmacy’s role in the new NHS.

PSNC believes that there are massive opportunities for both community pharmacies and their commissioners in public health and prevention. Pharmacies must become the key resource in ensuring that the specialist skills and resources elsewhere in the NHS are used effectively, helping people to manage their own health and conditions, and helping to achieve integration of health and social care.

Although there have been real successes in developing pharmacy’s role in recent years – for example through MURs, the New Medicine Service and supplementing the diagnostic and prescribing roles of GPs and specialists – progress has been constrained by a lack of support in primary care, lack of confidence to invest to expand services and lack of funding for pharmacy services.

“This has some elements of a vicious spiral. Unless we unblock these constraints the NHS will not be able to get full value from pharmacies, so we must use this restructuring to do this unblocking,” Sue will tell conference delegates.

PSNC will continue to work with LPCs in the reformed NHS to support good commissioning and sharing of information about innovative practices as well as facilitating communication and local service development. The committee will also be pressing the case for community pharmacy, working to try to ensure that NHS England’s eyes and ears are open and to ensure they are determined to use the opportunities to develop pharmacy services.

The Community Pharmacy Conference 2013 is taking place in London on April 24th – look out for more coverage from speakers including officials from the Department of Health, NHS England and local commissioning organisations on PSNC’s website and in April’s Community Pharmacy News.

Posted 24 April 2013

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