MPs hear how pharmacies could better help people with long-term conditions

MPs hear how pharmacies could better help people with long-term conditions

May 17, 2018

The All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) has met this week (May 14th) to consider how the community pharmacy contractual arrangements could be changed to enable pharmacies to better support patients with long-term conditions.  

The meeting was chaired by Sir Kevin Barron MP and attended by Steve Double MP and Julie Cooper MP. It followed a series of APPG roundtables with charity and patient representatives, in which MPs sought their views on the role that pharmacies could play in helping people with long-term conditions. 

At the latest session evidence was given by the national pharmacy organisations, including contributions from PSNC. Discussion was focused around encouraging integration between pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, aligning contracts and developing services for the sector.  

Garry Myers, an independent contractor representing the NPA, offered examples of cutting edge clinical services currently available in community pharmacies, while Gary Warner, Chair of PSNC’s Service Development Subcommittee discussed PSNC’s proposals for a Universal Community Pharmacy Care Framework and Care Plan 

Sandra Gidley from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society called for serious thought to be given to implementing two to three services nationally, noting that short-term funding for pharmacy services could lead to long-term savings.  

Steve Double MP asked about the appetite for a wider clinical role for pharmacies among other health professionals. Gary Warner outlined a positive reception from doctors recently, whilst Garry Myers used the example of his own practice, which is integrated with a local GP surgery, where they had found that other health professionals were more receptive once they had seen the benefit of using pharmacy.  

Sir Kevin Barron MP concluded the meeting by asking the witnesses what questions should be posed to the Minister with suggestions including what more could be done to use the PhIF to encourage integration, whether he has been fully briefed as to the benefits of pharmaceutical care, and if so, what is stopping him going further with pharmacy.   

The APPG is now working on a report based on the findings of its recent evidence sessions, looking into the role of community pharmacy in helping people with long-term conditions. Details of the report will be available on the PSNC website when it is published.



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