The Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England has explained why pharmacists are a valuable resource offering the public access to expert health advice and support.
Howard, C. (2014). How we should all make better use of pharmacists – Clare Howard. London: NHS England, March 20th 2014.
Michael Holden, Chief Executive of the National Pharmacy Association, has written a brief overview concerning the role of community pharmacies in supporting the broad aim of “living well for longer”. This relates to a recent report from the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum.
Holden, M. (2014). The role of community pharmacy. London: Department of Health, March 19th 2014.
The NHS Confederation has also advocated re-thinking the role of community pharmacy and outlined fresh principles for commissioning public health services from community pharmacy.
Health on the high street: rethinking the role of community pharmacy. London: NHS Confederation, October 2nd 2013.
The Local Government Association (LGA), too, has published information on the potential contributions of community pharmacies to local public health services.
Community pharmacy: local government’s new public health role. London: Local Government Association, October 24th 2013.
Pharmacy Voice is running the “Dispensing Health” awareness campaign, encouraging people to think of their local pharmacy as a “community-based and focused hub for health, wellbeing and social care”.
NHS England’s Community Pharmacy Call to Action
NHS England wishes to enable community pharmacy to be an integral component of community-based out-of-hospital services which support better health outcomes for patients, more personalised care, improved patient experience, optimal use of medicines and more efficient use of NHS resources.
Improving health and patient care through community pharmacy: a call to action. London: NHS England, December 2013. Gateway Reference: 00878.
There is an associated resources pack:
Improving health and patient care through community pharmacy: evidence resource pack. London: NHS England, December 2013. Gateway Reference: 00886.
Shaping Pharmacy for the Future (Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
The following report, from the “Commission into Future Models of Care Delivered Through Pharmacy”, promotes the sometimes under-recognised role of pharmacists. It explains that pharmacists provide easy access to medicines, advice and care; help people with self-management of long-term conditions and support people in making healthier lifestyle changes. Pharmacy services should be integrated better with the work of other health professionals.
Smith, J. Picton, C. [and] Dayan, M. (2013). Now or never: shaping pharmacy for the future. London: Royal Pharmaceutical Society, November 2013.
There is also an Executive Summary.
There is an RPS animation to raise awareness of the NHS Minor Ailments Service available from community pharmacies, initially via 80 community pharmacies in Wirral.
Watch our new animation on Minor Ailment Services. [Online]: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) / North West Commissioning Support Unit for the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), May 11th 2015.