Some would say that transformation in pharmacy will never happen, some that it is overdue; others would say its on the horizon, but most acknowledge that it is here and now! We are going to witness a radical and rapid evolution in what community pharmacy looks like and does in the next five years, those who adapt will continue to successfully operate as healthcare providers. In 2009 we looked ahead at what was fairly predictable and being looked for by commissioners. That led to the development … [Read more...] about Pharmacy Transformation
We recently wrote an article for Pharmacy Magazine on why this service is going to be important for community pharmacy in England as an integrated part of the NHS. The article can be viewed here. … [Read more...] about The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, recently gave a speech on the newly elected Government's priorities for the NHS: Prevention: because prevention is better than cure People: because we need more people working smarter Technology: because patients and clinicians demand better Infrastructure: because buildings matter too. The following extract from the speech relates to Community Pharmacy and the prevention priority building on the Healthy Living Pharmacy … [Read more...] about A new year, a new Government, a new NHS… what’s new for community pharmacy?
The requirement for Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLPs) to reassess against the HLP Quality Criteria has moved from every two years to every three years. More information is available on the PSNC website. With HLP becoming an essential requirement in the community pharmacy contractual framework from April 2020, monitoring will fall under NHS England Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework so maintaining the criteria remains a key requirement. This evidenced capability will become increasingly … [Read more...] about HLP Criteria Self-assessment
Good eye health is important to everyone and pharmacies are often the first port of call for patients suffering with conditions such as dry eye and blepharitis. These are an important patient group to community pharmacy for self care advice and effective treatment so knowledge of the conditions and the best treatment is critical if we are to deliver good health outcomes and a great customer experience. Dry eye syndrome is estimated to affect up to 33% of the adult population and is more common … [Read more...] about Eye Health training for Community Pharmacy