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.
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.
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.