Pharmacy Complete is excited to launch the first course in our Business Development Programme. Planning for Growth will empower pharmacy business owners and managers to take control of their future by developing a robust strategic business plan to grow a sustainable future. This course, which builds on our Leadership development programmes and the platform of Healthy Living Pharmacy, provides essential business knowledge and skills at a time when community pharmacy can no longer totally … [Read more...] about Planning for a sustainable future
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The Government and PSNC have agreed an interim arrangement to extend the current funding arrangements, including the Quality Scheme, until October 2018. The scheme, which began in April 2017, is but the start of a process which aims to drive improved quality and value into the current contractual framework for the NHS and the public. It comes with a £37.5 million budget for the 6-month period and a June 29 review point with a claim period from June 11 - July 13. The direction of travel … [Read more...] about Maintaining and building on QPS
NHS Digital has just released their report on prescription costs and volume in England for 2017. The data shows that the cost of prescriptions dispensed in 2017 was down 0.41% on 2016 at £9.17 billion and volume only marginally up at 1.11 billion, a rise of 0.15% on 2016. Historically we have seen a fall in value due to the increasing prescribing of off-patent medicines but with an increase in volume of 4-5% as the population grows and ages with more people living with long-term conditions. … [Read more...] about Prescription plateau
PSNC have announced that they plan to take a ‘service-based contract’ proposal to the Department of Health and Social Care in the next round of negotiations. This should be welcomed as a way of valuing and appropriately rewarding the added value that community pharmacy does, could and should add to medicines supply - its called pharmaceutical care. Pharmaceutical care can be defined as the pharmacy’s contribution to the care of individuals in order to optimise medicines use and improve health … [Read more...] about A service-based contract?
I was in Practice on Saturday - working for an independent community pharmacy owned by the adjacent GP practice. As frequently happens, we received a call from a young woman (late 20′s) who wanted to speak to the pharmacist. This case highlights just how much value pharmacists add to the health system but goes completely unnoticed by those who hold the purse-strings. She explained she had Lupus and had been late requesting a flu vaccination. She was visiting her mother from the North West … [Read more...] about Hidden value