The much awaited NHS Long Term Plan is here. The plan sets out a new model of care for the 21st century: how the NHS will move to a new service model in which patients get more options, better support, and properly joined-up care at the right time in the optimal care setting new, funded action the NHS will take to strengthen its contribution to prevention and health inequalities how current workforce pressures will be tackled, and staff supported how the 3.4% five year NHS … [Read more...] about Pharmacy and the NHS Long Term Plan
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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
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, has launched the Government's vision to help the population live longer. Perhaps the strapline should be 'live well for longer', but this is nonetheless very welcomed as is the recognition of the important role of community pharmacy, in particular Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLP), in the plans. The Mission is to ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap … [Read more...] about Prevention better than cure
The announcement of the funding settlement for the remainder of the 2018/19 financial year will not be well received by pharmacy owners in England. That, together with reinstatement of the temporarily postponed Category M overspend recovery, will create further cashflow and sustainability challenges for many owners, particularly independents. Unfortunately, this was predictable on the back of almost three lost years whilst the judicial review of the previously imposed and poorly implemented … [Read more...] about Planning for a sustainable future
When we first developed the concept of Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) and evolved the quality criteria there was no Quality Payment Scheme (QPS). Pharmacy contractors and local commissioners chose to invest the time and energy because they saw it as the right thing to do. HLP’s roots are in change management and organisational development – developing workforce capability, ensuring premises and facilities are fit for purpose and engaging with the community to deliver consistent high quality … [Read more...] about HLP – more than a tick box exercise