With the community pharmacy contractual framework under negotiation, one key question being asked will be about the future of Medicines Use Reviews (MURs). They are 14 years old (where has that time gone?) and as they reach adolescence, it is fair to say they have had a difficult infancy and childhood. It took a considerable amount of time and effort to get them off the ground and the sector is only delivering around three-quarters of MUR potential. There have been mumblings that pharmacists, … [Read more...] about Are MURs worth it?
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The NHS Long Term Plan sets out its ambitions for transformation over the next decade to ensure the NHS is fit for purpose in the future. The plan’s key aims are to: ensure everyone gets the best start in life; deliver world class care for major health problems; and support people to age well. So where does Pharmacy fit into the plan? Key areas that will impact on pharmacy include: make greater use of community pharmacy's accessibility and skills establishment of Primary Care … [Read more...] about Pharmacy and the NHS Long Term Plan
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