Recognition for community pharmacy at MP briefing event

Recognition for community pharmacy at MP briefing event

July 18, 2018

PSNC, working with LPCs and other pharmacy organisations, held a busy briefing event in Parliament yesterday (17th July) which 35 MPs attended.

The MPs, along with seven representatives from other MPs’ offices, heard about the role that community pharmacy can play in helping to support people with long-term conditions. They were briefed on how pharmacy teams 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. Many of them expressed support for the sector and PSNC and their LPCs will be following up with them over the summer. 

The event was sponsored by Sir Kevin Barron MP and Steve Double MP, who are both officers of the All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG).

Pharmacists were on hand to provide check-ups and discuss any long-term conditions the attendees had, whilst LPC representatives gave local briefings on how the sector could do more to help constituents. Parliamentarians and their staff also heard about the sector’s shared vision and PSNC’s Care Plan proposal, and information was available on the APPG’s recent report on the care provided for people with long-term conditions.

An example of the local briefing  (a personalised version was produced for each MP who had accepted the event invitation)

PSNC has been sharing images and videos from the event on social media (see a selection below) and community pharmacy teams may wish to support this activity by using some of the tweet templates and photos below, or simply retweeting the messages and photos from PSNC’s Twitter account.

Tweet templates for 17th July event

PSNC is interested to hear feedback on the Care Plan proposal from those who work in community pharmacy. You can let us know what you think by completing our survey:

All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) Chair Sir Kevin Barron said:

“The pressure on the rest of the National Health Service around minor ailments, going into A&E and effectively blocking up doctors’ surgeries as well – these can be dealt with by community pharmacy. People are recognising that now. And of course, what we’re doing here today is looking at how people with long-term conditions can be better looked after by community pharmacy, not necessarily having to use the rest of our health service.”

APPG Vice-Chair Steve Double said:

“Today’s event here in Parliament is a great opportunity for MPs to come and hear about the absolutely vital role that community pharmacies play as part of the National Health Service. To understand more about the services they provide and also some of the challenge that they face as we review their role within the NHS. And I think it’s really important that we engage with MPs in this way so that they have a better understanding of the role of pharmacies as part of our comprehensive National Health Service.”

Download the full list of attendees

This was discussed at PSNC’s July 2018 meeting. A summary of all the topics discussed at that meeting is available here.

Images and videos of the attendees

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen: Laurence Robertson, MP for Tewkesbury:

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