HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 30 August 2016

Community Pharmacy Forward View

30 August 2016, PSNC

PSNC and Pharmacy Voice, with the support of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, have published their vision for the future of community pharmacy. The Community Pharmacy Forward View lays out the ambitions of the pharmaceutical sector to radically enhance and expand the personalised care, support and wellbeing services that community pharmacies provide, in order to improve quality and access for patients, increase NHS efficiency and produce better health outcomes for all. Alastair Buxton, Director of NHS Services at PSNC, commented on the launch saying “The Community Pharmacy Forward View describes how a thriving pharmacy network could effectively support the high performing, affordable health and care system envisaged in the NHS Five Year Forward View”. Pharmacy Voice’s Chief Executive, Rob Darracott, stated that the plans are ambitious however all the proposals are based on the innovative work of community pharmacy teams across the country. Sandra Gidley, Chair of the English Pharmacy Board added “The RPS English Pharmacy Board supports the PSNC and Pharmacy Voice Forward View initiative as a way of resetting the debate about the future of community pharmacy”.

PHE to distribute free toolkits for Stoptober and Stay Well this Winter campaigns

19 August 2016, PSNC

Public Health England (PHE) and the Healthcare Distribution Association (HDA) are working together to automatically distribute free toolkits to community pharmacy contractors for both the Stoptober and Stay Well this Winter campaigns. All small chain and independent pharmacies across England will receive the toolkits from HDA directly whereas the multiple chain pharmacy branches will receive these kits from their central depot.

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Community Pharmacy Forward View

30 August 2016, PSNC

The Community Pharmacy Forward View, published by PSNC and Pharmacy Voice, with the support of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, on 30th August 2016, 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:

  1. As the facilitator of personalised care for people with long –term condition
  2.  As the trusted, convenient first port of call for episodic healthcare advice and treatment
  3. As the neighbourhood health and wellbeing hub

Many of these scenarios are already happening in pharmacies across the country, or could be if community pharmacy teams were given the opportunity. Our ambition is that with the right supporting systems, processes and incentives in place, and a rigorous focus on implementation and continual improvement, community pharmacy can and will deliver these three domains of activity consistently across England, enabling effective planning and commissioning of person-centred services from the community pharmacy network.

The Forward View represents the sector’s vision for the future of community pharmacy but the views of key stakeholders are now invited – including patient groups, pharmacy contractors, community pharmacists and members of pharmacy teams, LPCs, local commissioners, other healthcare providers and the Government. This will help turn a shared vision for the sector into a reality that will be good for patients, the public, local communities and the NHS, as well as for the community pharmacy network and all those who work in it.

Commenting on the launch, Alastair Buxton, Director of NHS Services at PSNC, said:
“The Community Pharmacy Forward View describes how a thriving pharmacy network could effectively support the high performing, affordable health and care system envisaged in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

The health and care system needs community pharmacy to play its part in improving the care of patients and helping people to stay healthy, so we hope that the Department of Health, NHS England and local service commissioners will positively engage with us to explore how this vision can inform the future commissioning of community pharmacy services.

Community pharmacy contractors need a clear framework for how they are to support patients and the NHS in the future, so they can have confidence in developing their teams, resources and services, and ensure that they are able to provide the most cost effective support to their local communities, using their unique relationships and skills. We hope the NHS and Government will respond positively and will work with us to develop a contractual framework that provides this.”

Pharmacy Voice’s Chief Executive, Rob Darracott said:  
“The Forward View, and the development of three key domains of practice, are our starter-for-ten. They may appear ambitious but all of the proposals are based on innovative work of community pharmacy teams across the country, that is happening right now. We want this best practice to become commonplace across the pharmacy network and we are committed to working with colleagues, partners and our stakeholders make this happen, starting with an achievable, aspirational and collective vision of the future.

We want the Forward View to help create real consensus about the future role of community pharmacy in the delivery of wider healthcare services – in the midst of unprecedented pressure on both resources and demand. We urge the new Minister to engage with us on this vision when considering his next steps for our sector.”

Sandra Gidley, Chair of the English Pharmacy Board added:
“The RPS English Pharmacy Board supports the PSNC and Pharmacy Voice Forward View initiative as a way of resetting the debate about the future of community pharmacy. For many months pharmacists and their teams have faced uncertainty about the future, the Community Pharmacy Forward View is designed to provide a sense of direction for community pharmacy, from community pharmacy. We are committed to working with PSNC and Pharmacy Voice to make sure the views of patients the public as well as RPS members shape these proposals into practical changes that will improve care through making the most of community pharmacists skills.”

PHE to distribute free toolkits for Stoptober and Stay Well this Winter campaigns

19 August 2016, PSNC

Public Health England (PHE) is working with the Healthcare Distribution Association to circulate toolkits to community pharmacy contractors for the Stoptober and Stay Well this Winter campaigns.

This year, pharmacy teams do not need to order the toolkits for the campaigns; they will be automatically distributed and should be received from 19th September 2016. All small chain and independent pharmacies across England will be receiving them directly from the Healthcare Distribution Association whilst multiple chain pharmacy branches will receive these from their central depots.

Stoptober campaign

Stoptober, the 28-day national stop smoking challenge, will be running again for its fifth year. The campaign will be launching on 20th September to enable smokers to prepare for the challenge that starts on the first day of October.

By signing up to the challenge, patients can access a range of free support including packs, emails, texts and an app – all providing information, advice and daily tips to help them through the month.

Stay Well this Winter campaign

Following the success of last year’s campaign, NHS England and PHE will again launch a joint national initiative in October to help at-risk groups prepare for the winter months.

The campaign will encourage parents of 2-7 year olds, pregnant women, those with long-term health conditions, for example, asthma or heart disease and people over 65s to get the free NHS flu vaccination, and take simple, easy-to-achieve action that may avoid admission to hospital.

From Factory to Pharmacy

As part of our mission to build awareness, understanding and appreciation of the vital importance of the healthcare distribution sector, we developed an infographic explaining the availability of medicines. It identifies the factors that can impact drug supply, as well as the measures that HDA members undertake day in, day out to help mitigate the risks of patients not receiving their medicines.

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