About Suffolk LPC
Suffolk LPC is one of a number of LPCs which operate in East Anglia as the local voice for community pharmacies. Across Suffolk we work with 136 community pharmacies including those that are independently owned alongside those that are part of larger community pharmacy chains.
Suffolk LPC covers the whole of Suffolk including Waveney pharmacies and works closely with Suffolk County Council and the three Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group areas of Ipswich and East (IESCCG), West (WSCCG) and Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG (GY&WCCG). We now are working in an ever-closer federation with Norfolk LPC, and they currently lead on most interactions with Norfolk and Waveney CCG and System Transformation Partnership (STP), covering all of Norfolk and Waveney. We also work alongside Essex LPC to represent community pharmacy contractors across the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS)
The aim of Suffolk LPC is to represent community pharmacies, working in collaboration with others, to improve the health and well-being of the people in our county. Community pharmacies are working with other health and social care professionals to become an effective integrated part of primary health and social care to deliver the best outcomes for their patients. There are significant opportunities for community pharmacies to do more to support their local communities. It is our role as the LPC to be the voice and support for community pharmacies in Suffolk so they can continue to develop and deliver a wide range of services that meet the needs of local people.
The work of Suffolk LPC is not for profit, with our funding coming directly via a small levy on each pharmacy Contractor. We are not primarily a patient-facing organisation, and so unfortunately cannot routinely respond to queries from members of the public. Please do though follow us on social media where useful community pharmacy messages will be broadcast.
Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20
The Annual Report for the LPC has been published, alongside the audited accounts for the last financial year:
Information has been sent out to all CCA companies and Independent contractors on how to vote on the accounts and the voting form for Independent contractors can be accessed via the following link.
Please note: CCA member pharmacies do not need to vote as all votes are completed centrally by a designated Head Office representative.
Based on the audited accounts for the year ending 31st March 2020, Suffolk LPC is holding around £43,000 of additional reserves. This has been a committee agreed position throughout the previous year due to the uncertainty of funding through the national contract and the additional workload the new five-year contract has created.
In light of the recently published Independent Review of Contractor Representation, the LPC now believes it is prudent to retain these additional reserves in order to support the agreement and implementation of the changes needed to achieve the best possible representation of community pharmacy at both a local and a national level. We believe that these additional reserves will allow us to do this, on behalf of contractors, without having to levy contractors for additional funding.
However, in line with the recommendations within the review, Suffolk LPC wants to ensure that we are listening to the voice of contractors, and with this in mind we would ask all contractors to vote on this. As with the vote on the Annual LPC Accounts, a simple majority will determine the outcome. Please use the Retained Reserves Voting Form below to register your vote (Independent contractors only. CCA companies will vote centrally)
If you would like to attend our AGM where you can vote on the accounts or the retained reserves please use the following booking form.
Copies from previous years can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Strategy 2019/20
The LPC has a Strategic Business Plan which is reviewed by the Committee at each meeting and forms the basis of the work plan for officers. This allows the committee to regularly review local priorities and ensures that employed officers are better utilised to achieve the right outcomes for contractors.