MPs call for pharmacy role in long-term conditions care

MPs call for pharmacy role in long-term conditions care

July 11, 2018

The All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) has called on the Government to make better use of community pharmacy teams to help improve the care provided for people with long-term conditions.

In a report on its Inquiry into Long-Term Conditions published this week, the cross-party group of MPs highlighted the need to develop NHS services to better support people with long-term conditions and help them to live healthier lives for longer.

The APPG inquiry heard from organisations representing patients with a range of long-term conditions, as well as from pharmacists and organisations representing the sector, to understand how care for people with long-term conditions could be improved and what part pharmacy could play in that. The Group also heard about some innovative ways in which community pharmacy teams are already supporting patients with long-term conditions and which could be rolled out more widely to benefit more patients. This included analysis from the Community Pharmacy Future project: Care Plan service which was a successful pilot that fed into PSNC’s Care Plan proposals.

The APPG has made the following recommendations:

  • Patients with one or more conditions must have access to a care plan;
  • NHS England to take a lead on integration in primary care (e.g. aligning contracts for different healthcare providers);
  • Access must be provided to high quality services that help patients to manage their own care; and
  • The same levels of service must be available across England.

Read the APPG’s report, In Good Health

APPG Chair Sir Kevin Barron MP said:

“This report’s recommendations will create a context in which services can be developed to improve outcomes for people with long-term conditions. These recommendations should not delay or replace negotiations on the community pharmacy contract, but our expectation is that the Government will enter negotiations with these recommendations firmly in mind.”

Acting Director of Communications and Public Affairs at PSNC, Zoe Long, said:

“We are very pleased that the APPG shares our ambition for community pharmacies to provide more comprehensive care for people with long-term conditions, and grateful to the MPs for their interest in this area. We were particularly pleased to note that the group agrees that community pharmacy is ideally placed to provide a care plan service for the benefit of patients, as we proposed earlier this year.”



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