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: commsteam@psnc.org.uk


APPG

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).

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: contact@pharmacyappg.co.uk.


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. 

Guidance for engaging with MPs about the new Pharmacy Collect service (May 2021)

General guidance for engaging with MPs during the pandemic  (August 2020)

MP Visit Guidance (pre-pandemic) (February 2020)

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. 

Template Letter to MPs (August 2020 – Summer Recess)

Template Letter to MPs (January 2020 – Introductory visits after General Election)

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.

MPs by LPC area (December 2019)

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:

Briefing for MPs – New COVID-19 testing kits available from community pharmacies (May 2021)

Briefing for MPs – Urgent support required for community pharmacies (March 2021)

Briefing for MPs – Financial pressures facing community pharmacies (December 2020)

Briefing for MPs – Flu Season (September 2020)

Briefing for MPs – Community Pharmacy and COVID-19 (joint briefing) (April 2020)

Press releases

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.

Press Release for MPs – Promoting the Pharmacy Collect service (May 2021)

Press Release for MPs – Flu Season (September 2020)

Press Release/Supportive Statement for MPs (August 2020)

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.



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