A new article from @HLPharmacist Deborah Evans can be read here. … [Read more...] about Healthy Living Pharmacy – essential to community pharmacy’s future?
Everyone who owns or works in a community pharmacy in England is experiencing a very challenging time, both professionally and commercially. The current funding settlement together with reinstatement of the temporarily postponed Category M overspend recovery, creates further cashflow and profitability issues for many owners, particularly independents. This is on the back of almost three lost years whilst the judicial review of the previously imposed funding settlement was pursued when we were … [Read more...] about Planning for a sustainable 2019 and beyond
It is excellent news that we now have 9436 (88%) pharmacies in England declared as Healthy Living Pharmacies, this represents an additional 5% on the November 2017 declaration. For these pharmacies the key will be ensuring that all the HLP criteria continue to be met in order to maintain the status and thus be able to promote the quality mark. Becoming an accredited HLP is just the beginning, its what HLPs then do differently, bigger and better that will define and differentiate them. This … [Read more...] about Healthy Living Pharmacy and the NHS Ten Year Plan
What is it? NHS Digital have released their latest report on services provided by community pharmacies in England between 2007/08 and 2017/18. What does it say? The total number of community pharmacy contractors fell by 80 (0.7%) on 2016/17 to 11,619 with the proportion of independents (5 or less pharmacies) remaining at 38% The number of 100 hour contracts fell by 10 to 1,179 The number of distance selling pharmacies rose by 29 to 350 The total number of prescriptions dispensed … [Read more...] about Pharmaceutical Services Report 2017/18
What next for community pharmacy? This article I wrote for Pharmacy Magazine a couple of years ago explored what pharmacy might look like in the future. I speculated on two potential models which I called Nirvana and Amazonia. At the time I challenged the profession to create its own future and not be led by government and others to a place where we, and most patients, don't want to go whilst being realistic when we operate in a healthcare ecosystem is changing at an increasingly rapid … [Read more...] about Back to the Future