I recently took the opportunity to listen to an excellent presentation on the NHS's plans for Digital Healthcare. They are huge, very comprehensive and integrated. They will eventually touch everyone who is either a provider or user of healthcare services. When I asked the speaker about community pharmacy's place in that integrated system, she went blank then said "...not sure community pharmacy is my thing." The majority of community pharmacies have yet to embrace advances in technology and … [Read more...] about Digital Healthcare
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We have expressed our thoughts about the urgency for community pharmacy owners to adapt and take back control of their future in an number of previous Viewpoint articles (see below). To reflect this, we have just updated our much acclaimed Change video and launched our Business Development Programme both of which can be seen here. Some years ago I wrote an article entitled Back to the Future which examined the future options for community pharmacy - Nirvana and Amazonia I called them at … [Read more...] about Here and now?
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 wait for … [Read more...] about Planning for a sustainable future
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