Who is it? Within the new NHS, community pharmacy will act as a provider of primary care services.
What does it do? Provides NHS services to patients, as commissioned by the NHS Commissioning Board and GP consortia. Service providers will be paid by the people commissioning the services, and assessed on the outcomes they deliver for patients. The government called pharmacy a “valuable and trusted public health resource” and highlighted roles for the sector in services such as smoking cessation in last year’s public health white paper.
What you need to know: In the new NHS, service providers will need to be licensed by both Monitor and the Care Quality Commission.