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Pharmacy minister: DH will continue to align primary care contracts

Pharmacy minister Jo Churchill addressed the PSNC LPC conference in London today
Pharmacy minister Jo Churchill addressed the PSNC LPC conference in London today

Pharmacy minister Jo Churchill has pledged to continue to align primary care contracts to “incentivise collaboration” and achieve “joined-up service provision”.

The government will also continue to work with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) to “develop services and referral pathways” and help achieve greater collaboration across primary care, Ms Churchill told contractors at the local pharmaceutical committee (LPC) conference in London this morning (September 25).

The five-year funding contract for pharmacy – which comes into force next week – “at long last gives continuity” to the sector, and although there is still detail to fill in, the “direction of travel is clear”, Ms Churchill said in her first public address to the sector since her appointment in August.

It outlines “an expanded role” for the sector, which “better utilises and unlocks the potential of the 11,500 pharmacy teams [in England] that are embedded within the [communities] that they serve”, she explained.

These are “exciting times” for primary care, Ms Churchill said, but she acknowledged that it is a “new way of working” that will “take time” for LPCs to get used to.

“We need to work hard to make sure that the public confidence in using community pharmacy continues to grow,” she added.

Other NHS organisations must also “signpost” patients into community pharmacies, to help reinforce the “pharmacy first” thinking, Ms Churchill explained.

7 Comments
Question: 
What do you make of the pharmacy minister's comments?

Reeyah H, Community pharmacist

Yes please do carry on, the online pharmacies will be most efficient in these new developments!! The rest of us don’t care. 

Snake Plissken, Student

This is getting rediculous. Sign post everyone to pharmacy.

Why not?! We've got all the time in the world, money coming out of oue ears and staff just sat around twidling their thumbs.

Lol...what a joke. This nonesense needs to stop!

Tony Schofield, Community pharmacist

What needs to stop? Getting paid to deal with referrals from NHS 111 and GPs? It’s just starting and it needs to blossom 

Tony Schofield, Community pharmacist

What needs to stop? Getting paid to deal with referrals from NHS 111 and GPs? It’s just starting and it needs to blossom 

V K P, Community pharmacist

the diversion of workload should stop. the respective level of resource should follow the work. pharmacy being the cheaper option has got to be put to an end. if they dont like it, they can lump it. let the GPs handle the referrals.

Leon The Apothecary, Student

I developed a new game: It's called Pharmacy Bingo. This article would be an instant winner on the board with classics such as:

Pharmacy First
Expanded Role
Something about Potential 
Great Collaboration / Communication
Exciting Times

A.S. Singh, Community pharmacist

Oh please not another one! Seriously??

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