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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A competency framework for all prescribers

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, July 2016

When prescribed and used effectively medicines have the potential to significantly improve the quality of lives and improve patient outcomes. However the challenges associated with prescribing the right medicines and supporting patients to use them effectively should not be underestimated.

In 2012, a single prescribing competency framework was published by the National Prescribing Centre/National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to support all prescribers to prescribe effectively.

In 2015, the RPS started the process of updating the framework with the backing of NICE and in collaboration with all the prescribing professions UK wide. The updated single competency framework was published on our website in July 2016, for all regulators, professional bodies, prescribing professions and patients to use..

The competency framework has been endorsed by professional bodies representing other prescribers. In future, we will continue to publish and maintain the updated competency framework in collaboration with the other prescribing professions.

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The safer management of controlled drugs: Annual Report 2015

Care Quality Commission, July 2016

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The CQC report for on the safer management of controlled drugs highlights local and national initiatives to promote the safe use of controlled drugs and to reduce harm from their misuse. The report also includes an overview of data for 2015 on prescribing of controlled drugs across England in the primary care sector and identifies any trends in prescribing, and highlights key changes to legislation.

The report makes three recommendations to strengthen existing arrangements for reporting and sharing concerns about controlled drugs across England.

Click here for further information and to access the report.

NHS England to recommission flu vaccinations in community pharmacies for 2016/17

NHS England, May 2016

NHS England has announced it will recommission the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination programme in 2016/17, after nearly a quarter of a million more people benefited from vaccinations in a community pharmacy setting during the previous year.

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Role of pharmacists is set to grow and grow– Dr Keith Ridge

NHS England, 15 September 2015

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England gave this clear message to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference 2015: Over the years, pharmacy across all sectors has contributed much to society. From its apothecary roots enabling anyone to have access to healthcare, to scientific endeavour that underpins much of pharmaceutical discovery and development, to innovating to deliver best care for patients….

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