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Community pharmacy teams work at the heart of the communities that Local Authorities serve. They interact with local people on a daily basis, offering advice without any need for an appointment, and providing crucial health services and support to residents.
As a sector we are keen to do more by providing a wider range of clinical and public health services to local communities and patients, and helping to relieve pressure on already over-stretched GPs and A&E departments. Like Local Authorities, we face pressures on our funding, but we hope that we can work together to expand the services we offer for the benefit of local communities, patients and other healthcare providers.
On this page we have included a number of resources that you may find useful, as well as links to further information about services if you would be interested to read more about how community pharmacy could help your local community.
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Making better use of community pharmacy
Support Your Local Pharmacy Services: Ways you can support your local pharmacy (March 2017)
This flyer highlights the value that community pharmacies can bring to their local communities and provides information on ways local politicians can help support their work.
Health Service Journal and Local Government Chronicle supplement about community pharmacy services (June 2015)
This supplement magazine explores how a range of local pharmacy services could help patients and Local Authorities.
Protecting local health services: using community pharmacy and references (June 2016)
This briefing for politicians details alternative ways that community pharmacy could save the NHS money, as well as outlining the current funding situation and the potential for pharmacy teams to do more. The references document provides more detail for those who are interested in the research behind the statistics.
Community Pharmacy Forward View: A vision for future pharmacy care (January 2017)
The Community Pharmacy Forward View (CPFV) sets out a joint vision for the future of community pharmacy services. This infographic summarises some of the key points from the vision, or you can read more here.
Developing community pharmacy services
What can pharmacy do for your local community? (April 2018)
PSNC’s local government leaflet was created to showcase the services that pharmacies provide for their local communities.
Minor Ailments: How pharmacy can reduce the burden and support self-care (November 2014)
This flyer outlines the work that community pharmacy teams are already doing to provide the public with a place to go for care for common illnesses, as well as highlighting what else they could do if the appropriate enablers were in place.
Community pharmacy and the management of people with asthma (October 2014)
This flyer outlines the work that community pharmacy teams are already doing to help those with long-term conditions such as asthma to manage their condition, as well as highlighting what else they could do if the appropriate enablers were in place.
The community pharmacy offer for improving the public’s health (LGA, March 2016)
This briefing, created by the Local Government Association (LGA), is intended to be a guide for local government and health and wellbeing boards.
Transforming Care and Public Health: the role of NHS Community Pharmacies (January 2014)
This flyer outlines the work community pharmacy teams are already doing to support public health, as well as highlighting what more they could do to help improve public health.
Engaging with primary healthcare professionals to improve the health of the local population
This document was produced jointly with a range of other bodies. It explains why local government should work with LPCs.
More information about community pharmacy
The Community Pharmacy Imposition (November 2016)
In October 2016 the Government imposed a funding settlement, including a reduction in funding, on community pharmacy. This infographic summarises some of the impacts that the imposition of funding and other changes on community pharmacy could have on local communities.
Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) guide (October 2016)
This briefing provides information on the MUR community pharmacy service in a 2-page guide, answering five common questions about MURs as well as providing information on the national target groups.
New Medicine Service (NMS) guide (October 2016)
This briefing provides information on the NMS community pharmacy service in a 2-page guide, answering five common questions about NMS as well as providing information on which patients are eligible for the service.
Community pharmacy: providing great value for communities and references (September 2016)
This one-page infographic has been developed to summarise some of the findings of a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report on the value of community pharmacy. The references document provides more detail for those who are interested in the research behind the statistics.