Pharmacists and healthcare leaders from across the health sector will be discussing pharmacy's role in public health at the C+D Senate today (November 6).
The 11 senators – including NHS England's head of public health commissioning Fiona Harris; lead of the healthy living pharmacy pathfinder work programme Deborah Evans; and Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire chief executive Robbie Turner – will discuss whether pharmacists are providing enough public health services.
They will also debate which services pharmacists should deliver, the role of healthy living pharmacies and how the sector can ensure it gets its services commissioned.
The 11 senators include lead of the healthy living pharmacy pathfinder work programme Deborah Evans (pictured); NHS England's head of public health commissioning Fiona Harris; and community pharmacy Yorkshire chief executive Robbie Turner
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The event comes as the C+D pre-senate survey revealed last week (October 29) that a lack of funding was the biggest barrier to pharmacy providing high-quality public health services. Understaffing and lack of recognition from central government and local authorities followed closely behind in the list of gripes.
The debate will kick off at 12.30pm and you can follow it live on C+D's website
We also want hear your comments, questions and experiences on public health. Tweet us your views to @chemistdruggist using the hashtag #CDsenate and find out how the Senators respond to your thoughts during the debate.
The C+D Senators:
Robbie Turner – chief executive, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire
Deborah Evans – lead, healthy living pharmacy pathfinder work programme
Paul Mayberry – managing director, Mayberry Pharmacy, south Wales
Raj Jain – pharmacist, WR Evans
Cathryn Brown – teacher practitioner, UCLan and locum pharmacist
Claire Hiscott – Conservative councillor, Bristol and pharmacist
Richard Parish – chair, pharmacy and public health forum, and executive director, Public Health England advisory board
Fiona Harris – head of Public Health Commissioning, NHS England, Surrey and Sussex area team
Ash Pandya – chief executive, Essex LPC
Clara Mann – national sales manager, Actavis
Mike Keen – chair, Pharmacy London
What do you think about pharmacy's role in public health?