Leicester and Rutland LPC chief officer Luvjit Kandula said placing pharmacists in GP practices and care homes were "landmark developments" for the community pharmacy sector.
"But we hope that there will be continued investment in these roles for the long-term," she told C+D yesterday (March 22).
Ms Kandula was reacting to pharmacy minister Steve Brine’s comments in parliament on Tuesday (March 20).
"Through the Pharmacy Integration Fund we are integrating pharmacists into primary care," Mr Brine said in response to a question from Labour MP Steve Double on “what steps [the minister] has taken to support pharmacies and further integrate them with general practice”.
Commenting on Mr Brine's response, North East London LPC secretary Hemant Patel told C+D he is "not against pharmacists working in different locations", but stressed "there has to be more investment in community pharmacy".
Investment in pharmacists at the expense of bricks-and-mortar pharmacies shows "a desire to separate services from supply", he claimed, and means "community pharmacy will be left with [the function of] distribution of medicines".
In his parliamentary response, Mr Brine also said further integration with general practice could be achieved through "community pharmacies themselves" working with local sustainability transformation plans (STPs).
Leicester and Rutland LPC has had "some positive engagement" with their local STP, Ms Kandula said, although it has "taken a lot of time".
The sector’s engagement is "variable across the board", she added.
Mr Brine’s comments mark "a very positive development for the future integration of community pharmacy into STP planning", Ms Kandula told C+D.
"Many local leaders in community pharmacy would welcome the development of this opportunity [to secure] tangible outcomes."
NPA: “Pharmacies overlooked by STPs”
In its own response, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) said "pharmacies are too often overlooked by STPs".
It urged the government "to provide guidance to STPs on the vital role we play within primary care and the fantastic insight we can provide in the design of local health services that are fit for the future", head of corporate affairs Gareth Jones said.
"We will continue to engage with any enlightened STP and clinical commissioning group that fully recognises the clinical and cost benefits of integrating community pharmacy into their plans."