Think Pharmacy is a brand that has been successfully used by many LPCs to engage their local commissioners to think differently about the provision of services – to ‘Think Pharmacy’ as a solution.
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What does a Think Pharmacy event involve?
An audience of commissioners and influencers are invited to an event to find out more about community pharmacy and the services that can be provided to solve many of the problems they face. It is not a whole day out of their busy schedules: it’s a well-planned couple of hours with presentations, discussions and networking to learn a lot in a short time. It also helps LPCs build relationships and agree actions with guests to follow up after the event.
Why are they beneficial?
Rather than going to commissioners individually, an LPC Think Pharmacy event brings everyone together to learn more about community pharmacy and showcase the potential for pharmacy services.
The brand can help LPCs deliver consistent messages with evidence demonstrating to commissioners how community pharmacy services could be a better way to reach out to those needing care and support.
In addition to the resources on this page, PSNC is happy to provide a speaker for any LPC’s Think Pharmacy event, dates permitting.
Even if you have already held a Think Pharmacy event we would be happy to help organise just an evening contractor meeting on a regional basis with a PSNC speaker.
With possibly significant developments in the pharmacy contract expected this year, a contractor meeting with a PSNC speaker is well worth considering.
Contact Head of LPC and Contractor Support Mike King to arrange a PSNC speaker and to see how we can help with other aspects of the organisation.
PSNC is developing some prospectuses to help outline what community pharmacy teams could do if certain services were commissioned in their locality. Click on the service names below to read and download them. New services will continue to be added.
Word versions of the above prospectuses are available in the LPC Resources Centre so LPCs can add their own contact details in the footer.
Cumbria LPC developed some posters promoting pharmacy services using the Think Pharmacy logo which other LPCs may find useful.
Holding a Think Pharmacy event
PSNC has produced the following briefing to advise any LPCs considering holding a Think Pharmacy event following the influx of new councillors and MPs after the general and local elections.
Previous Think Pharmacy events
The following reports on Think Pharmacy events held by LPCs in previous years may prove helpful to other LPCs considering holding their own events.
- In September 2015, Hertfordshire LPC organised a Think Pharmacy event; information on the event and an extensive range of resources used at the event are available on their website. (Word versions are available in the LPC Resources Centre so LPCs can adapt them for their area.)
- In April 2015, Swindon and Wiltshire LPC held a Think Pharmacy event where they took attendees on a tour of three local pharmacies.
- The South Yorkshire LPCs collaborated to organise a Think Pharmacy event and created a range of resources to use at the event; these might be useful to other LPCs to use as templates.