Engaging with MPs
Engaging with MPs
At a national level, PSNC carries out a range of activities to brief MPs and peers on current issues within community pharmacy briefs MPs and peers on current issues within community pharmacy, particularly ahead of debates or opportunities for spoken interventions. We also work with the other national pharmacy organisations to coordinate our messaging wherever possible, including through co-sponsoring the All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG).
This page is updated regularly with the latest publications from the APPG as well as resources for LPCs and contractors to use for any local MP engagement.
PSNC can also offer support to LPCs and community pharmacy teams who receive queries from MPs or have any questions about this work. Anyone requiring further advice is encouraged to contact the PSNC Communications and Public Affairs Team via: email@example.com
All-Party Groups are established in Parliament by MPs and peers as a focus for their interest in a particular issue. All-Party Groups are cross-party and often comprise of a wide range of parliamentarians from both Houses and various parties. These groups generally are formed to examine issues and are an outlet for parliamentarians to demonstrate their support for issues and interests.
There is an All-Party Group for Pharmacy, which we encourage MPs to sign up to. Our APPG is supported by the national pharmacy organisations, which fund the executive and administrative assistance the Group receives. They are the PSNC, Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).
Most recently, following an inquiry into COVID-19 pressures on pharmacy, the APPG published its findings, which included a warning that many pharmacies could be forced to close unless further Government support is pledged. As part of the data gathering process, many LPCs and pharmacy teams contributed to a survey of the pharmacy workforce, which was completed by 1,604 respondents, while some written submissions were also received.
In upcoming months the APPG’s work will be focused on engaging MPs on the outcomes of the report and the reforms required to keep the sector sustainable. However, in the meantime you can read the report below or share it with your local MPs to help explain some of the pressures facing the pharmacy sector at the moment.
Visit the APPG’s website to see more details about upcoming events and other group publications and if you have any queries, you can contact Tendo Consulting, the agency who provide the secretariat for the group, via: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for LPCs and contractors
LPCs and community pharmacy contractors have been engaging with local MPs for many years now. As critical decision makers, it is important that we continue to showcase strong engagement and support from MPs from all parties. Below is a range of resources to help LPCs and contractors undertake local political activity.
Guidance for engaging with MPs
We have published guidance to help with pharmacy visits or meetings with MPs. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of local MP engagement has been conducted via email and MP visits are reduced depending on national lockdown restrictions. However, the range of guidance documents we have provided below should help LPCs whether they are facilitating a socially-distanced pharmacy visit or hosting a virtual meeting with an MP via Zoom.
Template letters to MPs
We periodically issue template letters for LPCs to use to contact their MPs to help with various campaigns. If you want to write out to your MPs with specific asks – eg a request to meet or invitation to visit a pharmacy – you can tailor the templates below to help your work. LPCs who have existing relationships with MPs may not need to use these.
MPs by LPC area
If you are unsure about which MPs you need to contact, you can refer to the following table which maps MPs in England by LPC area. This was created after the December 2019 General Election.
Alternatively, you can use Parliament’s Find Your MP tool to search for MPs by postcode if you are unsure about constituency boundaries.
Briefings for MPs
PSNC issues policy briefings on various topics to help LPCs with their MP engagement. These can be used to inform your meetings with MPs, or can be sent to those who request further information on specific issues. Below are our most recently published briefings:
Following a pharmacy visit, MPs may offer to collaborate on a local press release. Those who are briefed virtually may also offer to publish a supportive statement or release for their websites or local media. A template for either of these is available below which LPCs can edit accordingly.
Other briefings and infographics
CPCF summary for external stakeholders
A summary of the five-year Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) created to explain it for external audiences. These may be particularly useful for LPCs engaging with local healthcare organisations or other stakeholders.
Briefing for MPs: Community Pharmacy and the NHS Long Term Plan
This briefing outlines where the NHS Long Term Plan mentioned community pharmacy. LPCs can use this during MP visits to discuss the Plan’s pledges for the sector.
Community Pharmacy: The Long Term Future of the NHS
This briefing outlines where community pharmacy can contribute to the long-term future of the NHS. It was created in collaboration with the other national pharmacy organisations ahead of the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan.