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.
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.
PSNC has produced the following briefing to advise any LPCs considering holding a Think Pharmacy event.
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.
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.
LPC idea sharing
Many LPCs have held Think Pharmacy events in recent years, creating promotional resources for them. Below are resources that some LPCs have shared to help others.
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 below so LPCs can adapt them for their area.
Cumbria LPC developed some posters promoting pharmacy services using the Think Pharmacy logo which other LPCs may find useful.
|Medicines use||Common illnesses||Winter illnesses|
|Stop smoking||Travel health advice||EHC for up to 72 hours after (version 1)|
|EHC for up to 72 hours after (version 2)||EHC for up to 120 hours after (version 1)||EHC for up to 120 hours after (version 2)|
The South Yorkshire LPCs collaborated to organise a Think Pharmacy event – here’s a report of the NHS South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Think Pharmacy Conference and Exhibition. The LPCs also created the following range of resources to use at the event; these might be useful to other LPCs to use as templates.
|Event invitation/flyer||Agenda||Documentation folder|
|Flu vaccination sheet||HLP sheet||Inhaler technique sheet||INR service sheet||Independent living sheet|
|Minor ailments sheet||MUR sheet||NMS sheet||Palliative care sheet||Sexual health sheet|
Finally, LPCs may be interested in reading our report on an event from the Greater Manchester LPCs (organised prior to their merger):