Community Pharmacy IT Group (CP ITG)

Community Pharmacy IT Group (CP ITG)

During June 2017, a new cross-sector Community Pharmacy IT Group met for the first time.

The group has been formed by PSNC, NPA, RPS, CCA and AIMp and representatives from pharmacy system suppliers and NHS Digital will also participate in the group’s meeting.

This development brings together the former Pharmacy Voice IT Group and the PSNC IT Working group into a single stream of planning and activity. Significantly, the RPS is now also engaged, ensuring that the professional voice is properly factored in to all the IT group’s activities.

Richard Dean (AIMp representative and formerly chair of the Pharmacy Voice IT Group) was elected to chair the new group and David Broome (PSNC regional representative) was elected as vice chair.

After the first meeting, Richard Dean commented:

“This new group, with its unique cross-sector membership, has an important task ahead of it: to develop a shared vision for the use of digital technology in community pharmacy in England; and to work together to implement changes that will benefit pharmacies, patients and the NHS.”

The purposes of the group include:

  • developing a shared vision for the optimum use of digital technology in community pharmacy in England;
  • providing a forum to discuss new digital technologies which may have a future impact on community pharmacy practice;
  • supporting the development of user-led recommendations which can be considered by suppliers;
  • providing a credible, respected forum for sector-wide engagement with NHS Digital and other national bodies on the vision, strategy and operational plans for delivering optimum use of digital technology in community pharmacy;
  • developing an implementation strategy for delivering optimum use of digital technology in community pharmacy and oversee a joint work-programme to deliver it; and
  • providing, through its member organisations, recommendations and advice to community pharmacy and other healthcare organisations.

Updated 8th June 2017

 

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