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

 

09:05 - 09:25
Putting Pharmacy at the Heart of the NHS: Aims and Ambitions of the Community Pharmacy Reforms

 
Questions, Comment, Discussion




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?
  • With over 90 per cent of pharmacies now having a private consultation room how can culture be shifted to encourage the public to view pharmacies as a first port of call?
  • Making the most of the benefits of community pharmacies such as their location in communities, easy access and longer opening hours to provide a vital local and out of hours option in the seven day NHS.


Speakers

Elizabeth Wade Director of Policy, Pharmacy Voice

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10:10 - 10:30
Case Study: Learning from Existing Services

 
Questions, Comment, Discussion




10:30 - 10:35
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

10:35 - 11:00
Refreshments & Networking

 

11:00 - 11:05
Chair's Welcome Back

 

11:05 - 11:25
Maintaining Standards in an Age of Cuts

 

Speakers

Hugh Simpson Director of Strategy, General Pharmaceutical Council

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11:25 - 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; with aims to have clinical pharmacists deployed in a range of primary care settings what are the priorities for developing a highly skilled workforce to deliver these high quality services? How will the way pharmacists and staff are trained be altered to reflect their new role? What is being done to ensure the whole pharmacy workforce is appropriately trained to work in patient facing roles?
  • What systems are in place to enable necessary data sharing and communication between GPs and community pharmacies? How will the planned SCR rollout aid the transition, making the process easier and more effective?
  • 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?




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? Community pharmacies are able to promote good health via smoking cessation services, alcohol intake reduction advice, cholesterol management, weight loss help, vaccinations and contraception but how are the range of  public health services available from community pharmacies being promoted to those who need them and how can this be improved?
  • How important are community pharmacies in tackling wider health inequalities by providing accessible and local health services especially in deprived areas?
  • 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 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


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

 

End

Speakers

Hugh Simpson Director of Strategy, General Pharmaceutical Council

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Elizabeth Wade Director of Policy, Pharmacy Voice

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Venue details

Central London


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