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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 8 April 2021

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Patients should register with pharmacies says RPS Scotland
P3 Pharmacy, Pharmacy Magazine editoral staff, 7 April 2021

Pharmacy Magazine reports that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has called for patients to be registered with their local community pharmacy in order to ensure continuity of care. This is part of the “transformed” role pharmacists will play in providing patient care by the end of this decade.

According to the report by RPS Scotland, by 2030 pharmacies will be using digital technology to allow patients to access services from any location. It also suggests that patients should also be offered information about safe and effective use of their medicines each time a supply is made.

RPS Scotland’s Pharmacy 2030 vision aims to tackle health inequalities that have been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following its publication last week, the report is currently out for consultation and will be followed by separate documents aimed at pharmacists working in other sectors.

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2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance
NHS England, 25 March 2021

The 2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance sets the priorities for the year ahead, against a backdrop of the challenge to restore services, meet new care demands and reduce the care back logs that are a direct consequence of the pandemic, whilst supporting staff recovery and taking further steps to address inequalities in access, experience and outcomes.

Effective partnership working across systems will be at the heart of this and the financial framework arrangements for 2021/22 will therefore continue to support a system-based approach to funding and planning. In this context the priorities for the year ahead are:

A. Supporting the health and wellbeing of staff and taking action on recruitment and retention
B. Delivering the NHS COVID vaccination programme and continuing to meet the needs of patients with COVID-19
C. Building on what we have learned during the pandemic to transform the delivery of services, accelerate the restoration of elective and cancer care and manage the increasing demand on mental health services
D. Expanding primary care capacity to improve access, local health outcomes and address health inequalities
E. Transforming community and urgent and emergency care to prevent inappropriate attendance at emergency departments (ED), improve timely admission to hospital for ED patients and reduce length of stay
F. Working collaboratively across systems to deliver on these priorities.

 

2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance: Implementation guidance
NHS England, 26 March 2021

The NHS has published implementation guidance, providing further detailed policy and technical information to enable Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and their constituent organisations to develop and agree operational plans.

Plans should summarise how 2021/22 priorities and operational planning guidance will be operationalised, with a focus on the six months to the end of September 2021 for most areas.

With every part of England now covered by an Integrated Care System, this guidance is aimed at supporting ICSs in delivering their four core purposes of:

• Improving outcomes in population health and healthcare
• Tackling inequalities in outcomes, experience and access
• Enhancing productivity and value for money
• Helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

 

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Patients should register with pharmacies says RPS Scotland
P3 Pharmacy, Pharmacy Magazine editoral staff, 7 April 2021

By 2030 patients should be registered with their local community pharmacy to ensure continuity of care, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has said.

In its Pharmacy 2030 document published last week, RPS Scotland outlines its vision for a “transformed” role for pharmacists, who it says will have a greater clinical focus while pharmacy technicians take responsibility for medicines supply.

As well as registering patients, by 2030 pharmacies will be using digital technology to allow patients to access services from any location, according to the professional body’s vision for the coming decade.

The document, for which RPS Scotland sought input from pharmacists working across Scotland, also says patients should be offered a conversation around the safe and effective use of their medicines each time a supply is made.

It emphasises shared decision making and the routine use of clinical examinations and prescribing by pharmacists and explores how the sector can tackle health inequalities.

The 2030 vision is currently out for consultation and will be followed by separate documents aimed at pharmacists working in other sectors.

RPS Scotland director Clare Morrison said: “The Covid pandemic has changed our world and it has changed healthcare. That is why pharmacy needs a new vision. Not because previous strategies weren’t good, but because we need something now that reflects our changed world. Today’s publication is the first step in creating that vision.

“Pharmacy 2030 describes a future where community pharmacies will remain the place rom which people get their medicines, but the pharmacist’s role will be transformed.

“The report explains how pharmacy will tackle health inequalities that have come to the fore during Covid. Importantly, it describes how all of this will be underpinned by better use of data, digital infrastructure and proper workforce development.”

Ian Rudd, director of pharmacy, NHS Highland, said: “I welcome this report from the RPS on its vision for community pharmacy. It highlights many key issues for further discussion across the profession in Scotland. I would encourage all pharmacists to join with the RPS in the conversations that are to follow.”

Scottish pharmacy board chair Jonathan Burton said: “As the only pharmacy organisation with members across all sectors of pharmacy, the RPS is well-placed to engage with the profession and create a single vision for the whole of pharmacy.”

HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 8 April 2021

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