Community pharmacy organisations to brief MPs in Westminster

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Community pharmacy organisations to brief MPs in Westminster

July 16, 2018

Community pharmacy organisations are hosting a Parliamentary briefing event this week (Tuesday 17th July) to highlight the role that community pharmacy can play in helping to support people with long-term conditions.

With continued pressures on the NHS, growing demand from an aging population, and the King’s Fund warning of a “crisis” facing the health and care workforce, pharmacists will meet with MPs and peers to showcase how they can identify and treat long-term conditions in the community, help to keep people healthy and out of hospital, and reduce pressure on GPs and other parts of the health service.

The briefing event will take place in Portcullis House at Westminster and PSNC along with a number of LPCs will attend. Sponsored by All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) Officers Sir Kevin Barron MP and Steve Double MP, it will offer a chance for MPs to talk to pharmacists about any long-term conditions they have, and to receive a local briefing on how the sector could do more to help their constituents. Information will also be available on the APPG’s recent report on the care provided for people with long-term conditions.

The aim will be to highlight all that community pharmacies can do to help patients with long-term conditions and to make the case for the further development of pharmacy services in this area. MPs will be briefed on the sector’s shared vision and on PSNC’s Care Plan proposal.

Our thanks go to the many LPCs who have been supporting the event. Community pharmacy teams may also wish to join in with the activity by using some of the tweet templates below, or simply retweeting the messages and photos from PSNC’s Twitter account.

Tweet templates for 17th July event

Sir Kevin Barron MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Pharmacy, said:

“It is great to see what pharmacy is capable of and how it could provide more support for people with long-term conditions. The All-Party Pharmacy Group, which I chair, recently called for a wholesale upgrade of what the NHS provides for people with long-term conditions. For too long, people have been passed from pillar to post, with lots of variation in practice and uncoordinated care. We will continue to urge the Government to commission services from pharmacies to meet this need.”

Zoe Long, Acting Director of Communications and Public Affairs at PSNC, said:

“We are very pleased to be working with other pharmacy organisations to talk to MPs about our shared ambition for community pharmacies to provide more comprehensive care for people with long-term conditions. With the support of practising pharmacists and LPC representatives, we will outline not just what community pharmacy teams can do, but the benefits that this would have for patients and the NHS, as well as the enablers that are required to make our vision a reality.”



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