PSNC Vision and work plan
PSNC Vision and work plan
The Community Pharmacy Care Proposals
PSNC has developed a set of proposals for the development of community pharmacy’s role in caring for people with long-term conditions.
The service developments PSNC envisages would support both the implementation of the proposals set out in the Community Pharmacy Forward View and the Murray Review’s recommendation to modernise the MUR service. They are also aligned to the policies set out in the NHS England Five Year Forward View Next Steps document and the aims of NHS England’s Medicines Value Programme.
PSNC’s eventual aim is to revise the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) to include a Community Pharmacy Care Plan service which supports patients with long-term conditions to optimise their use of medicines and manage their conditions. The outline proposals for the service are based upon the Community Pharmacy Future II project undertaken in West Yorkshire.
Fully implementing such a service would be a significant change for many community pharmacy teams, so PSNC considered options for staged changes to the CPCF which would support the transition: the Universal Community Pharmacy Care Framework. This incorporates elements of the MUR service and NMS, and also clearly articulates the way in which community pharmacy services are helping to address key NHS targets, such as reducing waste and improving patient safety. The development of a new care-focussed package of services within the CPCF will also require changes to funding delivery, to ensure that it reflects the services provided by contractors.
The proposals in detail
PSNC’s proposals are intended to provide a possible mechanism to move towards a community pharmacy funding arrangement that fairly rewards community pharmacies for providing more patient care and support for people with long-term conditions.
The documents below set out the proposals in more detail.
Community Pharmacy: Developing Services for the Future
This briefing outlines PSNC’s proposals. Whilst it was created to explain PSNC’s proposals to external stakeholders, those working in community pharmacy may also find it a useful summary.
Introducing the Universal Community Pharmacy Care Framework
An infographic describing the Care Framework.
Community Pharmacy Care Plan: The Patient Journey
An infographic describing the support a patient could receive from their community pharmacy as part of the Care Plan.
PSNC Proposals for Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) Developments
This Powerpoint presentation sets out PSNC’s proposals for developing the CPCF, covering how they were developed, the changes they would bring to community pharmacy and how we are taking them forward. An editable version is available here for LPCs to use.
The development of the proposals
PSNC spent much of its January committee meeting giving detailed consideration to proposals for the future of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework. Over the next two months these proposals were put to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England, the other national pharmacy bodies and LPCs. PSNC spent time reviewing and discussing the feedback that had been received in these meetings. The final proposals will should provide a starting point for discussions on the future of community pharmacy with DHSC and NHS England.
2018 work plan
PSNC met in January 2018 and agreed its work plan for the year. This plan is in line with the Committee’s three-year strategic plan which it set out in 2017.
The following document includes the PSNC strategic plan for 2017-20, and the 2018 work plan.
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PSNC has a clear vision of its aims and aspirations for the community pharmacy service:
The community pharmacy service of the future will offer support to our communities, helping people to optimise use of medicines to support their health and care for acute and long-term conditions, and providing individualised information, advice and assistance to support the public’s health and healthy living.
The Community Pharmacy Forward View
As part of PSNC’s work to develop community pharmacy, we worked with Pharmacy Voice, with the support of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, to create a joint vision document. The Community Pharmacy Forward View sets out the sector’s ambitions to radically enhance and expand the personalised care, support and wellbeing services that community pharmacies provide. In the scenarios outlined in the document, pharmacy teams would be fully integrated with other local health and care services in order to improve quality and access for patients, increase NHS efficiency and produce better health outcomes for all.
The Community Pharmacy Forward View sets out the organisations’ shared ambition for the sector, focused on three key roles for the community pharmacy of the future:
- As the facilitator of personalised care for people with long-term conditions
- As the trusted, convenient first port of call for episodic healthcare advice and treatment
- As the neighbourhood health and wellbeing hub
As part of the next stage of the Community Pharmacy Forward View project, a micro site has been created to provide community pharmacy teams, LPCs and key stakeholders with detailed information and resources, including an outline implementation framework for delivering this vision and case studies from pharmacy organisations who are pioneering new ways of working.
The development of PSNC’s vision
Further details of PSNC’s work to enhance the community pharmacy service can be found on the following pages:
Additional information about PSNC’s ongoing workstreams can be found within our committee and subcommittee agendas and minutes available from PSNC meetings.