ALERT: Findings of the independent review into contractor representation and support published

ALERT: Findings of the independent review into contractor representation and support published

June 22, 2020

The review was commissioned jointly by PSNC and LPCs last year to look for ways in which they could work more effectively together and was led by Professor David Wright, Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The findings and recommendations of the independent review into community pharmacy representation and support were published on Friday 19th June.

The review was commissioned jointly by PSNC and LPCs last year to look for ways in which they could work more effectively together, and to ensure that the representation and support network for contractors – both local and national – is fit for the future.

The review was led by Professor David Wright, Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of East Anglia (UEA), working with a team of UEA researchers and taking evidence through focus groups, interviews and surveys from people across the community pharmacy sector and beyond.

The report acknowledges the selflessness and commitment of PSNC members over the years and recommends a new integrated LPC/PSNC structure for the future.

The main change recommended is that the elected PSNC Committee should be replaced by a Council of LPC Chairs, with all local and national representation overseen by a separate governing body in a new organisation called ‘Community Pharmacy England’.

Other recommendations include measures to bring local and national representation functions closer together, such as through better networks, more centralised functions (e.g. HR provision) and improved systems to capture and take forward innovative services.

PSNC and LPC Members will meet early in July to consider how to start taking the recommendations forward, whilst contractors are invited to attend a webinar being hosted by Professor Wright.

Full information about the recommendations, as well as access to the full report itself can be found on the following PSNC website page:

 



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