The pharmacy contribution to antimicrobial stewardship

Royal Pharmaceutical Society – September 2017

This report looks at the pharmacist’s role in tackling the challenges of inappropriate use of antibiotics as part of a multidisciplinary approach. The report makes recommendations in order to contribute to wider efforts in meeting the challenge set by the UK Government in 2016 of reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing by 50 per cent by 2020.

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Pharmacy: a way forward for public health – opportunities for action through pharmacy for public health

Public Health England, September 2017

This document sets out a range of opportunities for pharmacy teams working in communities, and through their daily interactions with patients and the public, to play an important role in protecting and improving the health of the nation.

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Enhancing the use of scientific evidence to judge the potential benefits and harms of medicines

The Academy of Medical Sciences, June 2017

This report highlights the significant difficulties patients and some healthcare professionals face in using evidence from research to judge the benefits and harms of medicines, and calls for concerted action to improve the information patients receive.The report calls for a range of actions including significant improvements to patient information leaflets, better use of medical appointments and a bigger role for NHS Choices as the ‘go to’ source of trusted information online for patients and carers, as well as healthcare professionals.

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Building capacity: realising the potential of community pharmacy assets for improving the public’s health

Royal Society for Public Health, November 2016

This report published by RSPH and Public Health England, has identified a number of opportunities and challenges for community pharmacy teams to further support the public’s health. The report, based on research conducted in early 2016, provides a snapshot of the extent to which pharmacy teams are supporting the public’s health, the opportunities and challenges they may face and what can be done to address the challenges.

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Frontline pharmacists: making a difference for people with long term conditions

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, November 2016

This report argues that community pharmacists should be able to routinely prescribe medicines for people with long term conditions and refer them directly to other healthcare professionals to ease the overwhelming demand facing the NHS.  Care for people with long term conditions, such as such as diabetes or asthma, currently accounts for 50% of all GP appointments, 64% of all outpatient appointments 70% of all health and social care spending.

The RPS is calling for a change in policy regarding the training of prescribers to enable more pharmacists to become prescribers. This means they could take on the management of patients whose condition is stable but require regular monitoring and alteration of their medicines to stay well, so keeping them out of hospital or GP surgeries.

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Community pharmacy forward view

PSNC, September 2016

Written jointly with Pharmacy Voice, this document sets out the ambitions for community pharmacies to enhance and expand personalised care, support  and wellbeing services offered by the sector. The paper also argues for fuller integration with other local health and care services and highlights the role of the community pharmacy in being the facilitator of personalised care for patients with long-term conditions and in being a neighbourhood health and wellbeing hub.

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