Support Your Local Pharmacy
- Add this promotional piece to your email signature.
- Look out for #lovemypharmacy updates on Twitter
- Share your stories – you can use #lovemypharmacy to share stories of how you and your pharmacy team have gone out of your way to help your patients.
- Collect case studies that demonstrate where you have offered exceptional care to patients. These can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the PSNC campaigning guidance for contractors for more help and information.
- Sign up to the e-petition at: tinyurl.com/supportyourlocalpharmacy and then commit to getting your patients to sign the paper petition which can be downloaded from the supportyourlocalpharmacy.org website.
- Talk to patients – tell them about the campaign and ask for their support, for instance through the petition, social media, or by contacting their MP. Read the PSNC campaigning guidance for contractors for more help and information.
- Contact your MP – write a personalised letter to your MP setting out your concerns. Our key campaign messages will help you with this.
- Some pharmacies in Gloucestershire have already hosted visits by MPs to explain the value of pharmacies to their communities (see ‘Pharmacies open for coughs and sneezes’ and ‘Local MP backs local pharmacies flu jab plans for this winter’.)
- Please signpost your customers to the supportyourlocalpharmacy.org website
- The NPA has a range of resources to help you enlist the help of the people who need your pharmacy the most:
- Petition – download and encourage members of the public to sign this
- Order campaign cards – for staff and patients to send to MPs
- Download a window poster – and raise public awareness
- Template Press Column – NEW
- Write a personalised letter to your local MP
- Tell us your stories – on the profound benefits of pharmacies for patients and communities
- Complete a short survey – to evidence that pharmacy already does what the Government wants it to do
- Share the Support Your Local Pharmacy website to raise public awareness
The national picture
PSNC information page re ‘Community Pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond‘
In an open letter to PSNC, revealed at a meeting hosted by pharmacy minister Alistair Burt on 17th December 2015, the government announced that funding for community pharmacy in 2016/17 will be cut by £170m. The cut, from £2.8bn to £2.63bn, is a reduction of more than 6% in cash terms.
Parliamentary Debate on Community Pharmacy (Tuesday 23rd February at 2.30pm)