PSNC sets out vision for pharmacy at national public health conference

PSNC sets out vision for pharmacy at national public health conference

May 21, 2018

PSNC last week took part in the Primary Care and Public Health conference, promoting community pharmacy to a wide range of primary care professionals and commissioners, along with charity representatives.

Primary Care and Public Health 2018, held on 16th and 17th May at the NEC in Birmingham, was a good opportunity for community pharmacy to ensure that key stakeholders understand the value of the sector and the potential that it has to do more for patients and the NHS.

PSNC’s Director of NHS Services, Alastair Buxton, presented to the conference, speaking about the need to integrate community pharmacy within Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STPs) plans, and describing how pharmacy fits in with current national health priorities.

Alastair outlined PSNC’s proposals for community pharmacies to do more to help people with long-term conditions in the future, and he highlighted how the recently published NAPC guidance, informed by PSNC and other pharmacy representatives, can support better collaboration across primary care.

PSNC’s exhibition stand at the conference was busy throughout with visits from GPs interested in the Walk in My Shoes project and other primary care professionals enquiring as to how pharmacies could do more in areas such as footcare, woundcare and the provision of contraception. PSNC’s team also spoke with a number of charities to remind them of the important role that community pharmacy teams play in helping the patients they represent.

Many thanks to those LPCs and pharmacists who presented at the conference this year, and if LPCs or others would like to find out more or be considered as a speaker next year, please contact Zainab Al-Kharsan, PSNC’s Service Development Pharmacist.

Presentations by other pharmacy representatives

A number of others from community pharmacies and LPCs also gave presentations during the conference. Below we summarise what they spoke about.

Ade Williams, lead pharmacist at Bedminster Pharmacy, Bristol

Ade spoke about ‘Innovations in Men’s Health’, discussing:

  • the current men’s health challenges and how community pharmacy has already been at the forefront of research and evidence gathering;
  • the ways many LPCs and community pharmacies, such as Bedminster Pharmacy, are delivering innovative men’s health initiatives in response to local needs; and
  • the suggested enablers to ensure such efforts become embedded across the whole sector, for example, through Healthy Living Pharmacies.

Michael Lennox, Chief Officer of Somerset LPC

Michael spoke about the Walk in my Shoes (WIMS) project, discussing:

  • how to generate bottom-up and at scale collaboration using Somerset as an example;
  • how WIMS allows community pharmacy to engage, entice, enrol and enhance, as well as harness the resources of the many (e.g. pharmacy, pharmaco, dental, optical, voluntary sector, community assets, secondary care); and
  • how to forge the multi-disciplinary team and embed this in primary care using the NAPC ‘Primary Care Home’ model as an example.

Richard Brown, Chief Officer of Avon LPC

Richard spoke about the BANES Medicine Optimisation Scheme. A full evaluation of the service shows that, over four months, the project has received 300 entries from community pharmacies with 187 so far being implemented by the practice support pharmacist which has resulted in changes to the patient’s record.

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