The pharmacist’s role

April 4, 2008

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IMPROVED ACCESS TO TREATMENT, CHECKUPS AND HEALTH ADVICE FROM PHARMACISTS

THE ALL PARTY PHARMACY GROUP REPORT INTO THE FUTURE OF PHARMACY

“We want to see accelerated progress in pharmacy service development. The time for this is right, indeed overdue. In some respects the policy climate is promising, with signs of a
growing interest in screening and diagnostic services, and a desire to address shortfalls in service provision such as in out-of-hours care. On the other hand we have serious reservations about the Department of Health’s approach to service development in community pharmacy. We do not believe that services are being developed fast enough or consistently among PCTs. We do not believe this situation will improve without changes to policy.”

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MILLIONS TO BENEFIT FROM IMPROVED ACCESS TO TREATMENT, CHECK-UPS AND HEALTH ADVICE FROM PHARMACISTS.

“This extended role will see many more pharmacists being able to prescribe for and deal with minor ailments on the NHS, as well as promoting good health, supporting those with long-term conditions and preventing illnesses through additional screening and advice.

This will enable pharmacies, many of which already open out of hours – and some working as late as midnight – to provide increased access to medicines and care.

Under the new proposals, pharmacies will:

* become “healthy living” centres promoting health and helping people to take better care of themselves;

* be able to prescribe certain common medicines and be the first port of call for minor ailments – saving every GP the equivalent of around one hour per day, adding up to some 57 million GP consultations a year;

* provide support for people with long-term conditions – such as high blood pressure or asthma – 50 per cent of whom may not take their medicines as intended – especially those starting out on a new course of treatment;

* be able to screen for vascular disease and certain sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia;

* work much more closely with hospitals to provide safe, seamless care; and

* play a bigger role in vaccination.

Supporting this programme, the Department of Health will appoint two new pharmacist clinical directors who will champion change in hospitals and in the community.

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PHARMACY IN ENGLAND:BUILDING ON STRENGTHS – DELIVERING THE FUTURE

This above site also has links to the following downloads:

REVIEW OF NHS PHARMACEUTICAL CONTRACTURAL ARRANGEMENTS

SYNOPSIS OF EVIDENCE TO THE REVIEW

IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

INTRODUCTION, GENERAL AND EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

PARTIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT: PROPOSALS TO AMMEND ARRANGEMENTS FOR PHARMACIES APPLING TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR 100 HOURS PER WEEK

INITIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT: PERMITTING DISPENSING DOCTORS TO SELL OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES

PARTIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSALS TO EXPAND THE PROVISION OF MINOR AILMENT SERVICES

PARTIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSALS TO EXPAND THE PROVISION OF MINOR AILMENT SERVICES

PARTIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSALS TO EXPAND THE PROVISION OF SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH LONG TERM CONDITIONS

MARKET RESEARCH REPORT

THE CONTRIBUTION OF COMMUNITY PHARMACY TO IMPROVE THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH – LITERATURE REVIEW UPDATE 2004-2007

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PHARMACY WHITE PAPER
(This document is on the NHS Primary Care Contracting Site – requires registration to read.)

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