LPC News: Share your experiences on local integration

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LPC News: Share your experiences on local integration

August 1, 2019

PSNC has launched a Local Integration Discovery Tool to gather information about the integration of community pharmacy into local healthcare structures across the country.

Taking the form of an LPC survey, the Discovery Tool has been designed to assess the current status of community pharmacy engagement with local health systems such as Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

The insights gathered will support the framing of future PSNC workstreams to support LPCs with their integration progress locally. It will also provide a baseline level to identify support needs and measure progress on integrated working with PCNs.

Survey questions ask LPCs to:

  • Detail the level and scale of system complexity in their local area;
  • Reflect upon the challenges and barriers to successful integration;
  • Specify the support they need to overcome those barriers;
  • Summarise the progress towards integration they have made to date;
  • Collate useful materials for sharing with others; and
  • Tell us how LPC officers are feeling about local integration.

You can view the questions in advance, but please complete the final version online. It will be open until 11.59pm on Monday 19th August 2019.

PSNC Chief Executive Simon Dukes said:

“The new five-year CPCF deal sets the direction of travel for pharmacies and outlines a range of new services that NHS and Government want the sector to offer. Delivery of all the elements of the deal will be challenging, and crucial to our success will be effective integration with other parts of the NHS, particularly at a local level, and LPCs will be at the forefront of that work.

Our Local Integration Discovery Tool has been designed both to capture information about how LPCs are getting on with this important work and to assess what further support PSNC can give to help them with this task. We would be grateful to all LPCs who can take part in the survey and look forward to discussing the results at the upcoming LPC Conference.

In the meantime, PSNC will continue its work nationally to influence the development of Primary Care Networks and the services they must offer, trying to ensure that engagement with community pharmacies is encouraged and enabled by NHS England as far as is possible.”



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