As we all move forward into a reset, reform and recover phase, it is critical that we learn from and build on community pharmacy's excellent and dynamic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Collaboration If there is one of the many hashtags doing the social media rounds over the last two months that best fits the Coronavirus response it is undoubtedly #allinthistogether We have complete admiration for pharmacy teams who are putting outstanding and safe patient care, often ahead of personal … [Read more...] about Collaboration, integration and transformation
Some would say that transformation in pharmacy will never happen, some that it is overdue; others would say its on the horizon, but most are witnessing that it is here and now! We are going to experience 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 … [Read more...] about Pharmacy Transformation
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 criteria for the second half of the 2018/19 Quality Payment Scheme have been announced with some changes to both the Gateway and the Quality criteria. The review point for this period will be February 15, 2019. We are pleased to see that Healthy Living Pharmacy has been retained with an additional public health capability requirement for the pharmacy team to have completed child oral health training in advance of a planned health campaign on this important topic in 2019. In addition there … [Read more...] about Quality Payment Scheme 2018/19
Will the recent NICE guidance, which focuses on how community pharmacies can help maintain and improve people’s physical and mental health, also focus the minds of NHS England and Public Health England? Mike Holden from Pharmacy Complete hopes so. Read more in the Pharmacy Magazine article he recently wrote. … [Read more...] about NICE touch – but will NHS England listen?