Key Points
  • Harnessing the Potential of Pharmacies
  • Encouraging and Enabling Healthy Lifestyles
  • Modernisation, Efficiency and Innovation
Guest of Honour

Hugh Simpson Director of Strategy, General Pharmaceutical Council

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Overview


Please be aware the date of this forum has been changed. It is now taking place on 24th May 2017.

Six months on from the publication of the Community Pharmacy Reforms, the announcement of the Pharmacy Urgent Care pilots and concern about potential cuts to subsidies, this forum will enable discussion on the role of pharmacies moving forwards, their position within the wider NHS and how reforms are affecting services.

Community Pharmacies & the 24/7 NHS

Sessions will consider the role of community pharmacies in the wider seven days NHS reforms. Attendees will consider whether the UK’s pharmacy network is prepared to provide the level and breadth of services needed to alleviate pressures on the health service (including GPs, 111 and A&E), how to ensure the skills and expertise are available as well as how to promote the pharmacy as the first point of call to those in need.

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Pharmacies and Public Health

Discussions at the event will focus on the emerging ways community pharmacies can promote good health (for example their ability to provide advice on smoking cessation, alcohol intake, cholesterol management, weight loss, vaccinations and contraception) and how to better integrate their offerings within wider local and national campaigns promoting wellbeing. Speakers will also consider how to utilise the ubiquity of pharmacy locations to reach groups and individuals within ethnic or social groups who are usually difficult to reach and engage with.

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Practical Challenges for Implementing Reforms

Delegates will explore the potential challenges facing the transition of responsibility from GPs to community pharmacies, how to maintain efficiency and safety as well as how to expand the number of clinical pharmacists and their deployment in primary care settings. The event will also discuss the priorities for pharmacists as professionals including how to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality training, innovation in services and how to promote digital services and skills across the sector.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

Speakers

Professor David Wright Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of East Anglia

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09:05 - 09:25
Putting Pharmacy at the Heart of the NHS

 
Questions, Comments, Discussion




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Andrew Lane Board Member, National Pharmacy Association

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09:25 - 10:10
The Role of Community Pharmacies in a Seven Day NHS

 
    • What role do community pharmacies play in healthcare provision and what role should they play to ensure their potential is being harnessed?
    • Community pharmacies have the potential to relieve pressure on already stressed services; by broadening their role to include offering urgent prescriptions and treating minor illness and injuries can pharmacies realistically decrease demands on GPs, NHS 111 and A&E? How can the public be encouraged to view pharmacies as a first port of call? 
    • How are health providers making the most of the benefits of community pharmacies to provide a vital local and out of hours option in the seven day NHS?
      Questions, Comments, Discussion


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      Michael Keen Chief Executive Officer, Kent LPC

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      Simon Adams Chief Operating Officer, Healthwatch Worcestershire

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      10:10 - 10:35
      ScreenCancer UK Case Study: Learning from Existing Services

       
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      Donna Smart Business Manager, ScreenCancer UK

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      10:35 - 10:40
      Chair's Closing Remarks

       

      Speakers

      Professor David Wright Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of East Anglia

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      10:40 - 11:10
      Refreshments & Networking

       

      11:10 - 11:15
      Chair's Welcome Back

       

      Speakers

      Professor David Wright Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of East Anglia

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      11:15 - 11:40
      Maintaining Standards in an Age of Cuts

       

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      Hugh Simpson Director of Strategy, General Pharmaceutical Council

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      11:40 - 12:10
      Putting the Reforms into Practice: Modernisation, Efficiency and Innovation

       
        • Ensuring the transition of responsibility from GPs to community pharmacies is efficient and safe; what is being done to ensure the whole pharmacy workforce is appropriately trained to carry out their new roles? What systems are in place to enable necessary data sharing and communication between GPs and community pharmacies?
        • With funding being cut how will the introduction of a Pharmacy Access Scheme (PhAS) be used to ensure that services remain available for those who need it most? How will the introduction of the Pharmacy Integration fund improve coordination between the NHS and community pharmacies and what is the likely outcome of the £75 million Quality Payment Scheme, the first reward system for pharmacies?


          Questions, Comments, Discussion


          Speakers

          Laura Sile Executive Member, BPSA

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          Nanette Kerr Chief Executive, Company Chemist's Association

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          12:10 - 12:55
          Community Pharmacies and Public Health Improvement: Encouraging and Enabling Healthy Lifestyles

           
            • What makes community pharmacies best equipped to support local public health programmes and provide health-promoting interventions?
            • How can community pharmacies tailor their services to the needs of their community and what is the role of local governments in ensuring ensure services are commissioned effectively and appropriately? How are the widening range of public health services available from community pharmacies being promoted to those who need them and how can this be improved?
            • How successful has the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) framework been and how can the scheme continue to be encouraged in a time of budget cuts? How are pharmacies being equipped with the appropriate staff training, premises and equipment to continue making a difference to behaviour and health outcomes?
            Questions, Comments, Discussion

            Speakers

            Deborah Evans Managing Director, Pharmacy Complete

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            Robert Severn Pharmacist, Well Pharmacy and Chairman, Nottinghamshire LPC

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            Michael Holden Chief Executive, National Pharmacy Association

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            12:55 - 13:00
            Chair’s and Policy-UK’s Thanks

             

            Speakers

            Professor David Wright Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of East Anglia

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            End

            Speakers

            Michael Holden Chief Executive, National Pharmacy Association

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            Simon Adams Chief Operating Officer, Healthwatch Worcestershire

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            Robert Severn Pharmacist, Well Pharmacy and Chairman, Nottinghamshire LPC

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            Deborah Evans Managing Director, Pharmacy Complete

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            Michael Keen Chief Executive Officer, Kent LPC

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            Nanette Kerr Chief Executive, Company Chemist's Association

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            Andrew Lane Board Member, National Pharmacy Association

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            Laura Sile Executive Member, BPSA

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            Hugh Simpson Director of Strategy, General Pharmaceutical Council

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            Donna Smart Business Manager, ScreenCancer UK

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            Professor David Wright Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of East Anglia

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            Venue details

            Royal Society of Chemistry Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA.

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