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Was 2013 a success for pharmacy?

Practice As the year draws to a close, pharmacy leaders give their verdicts on the successes and disappointments of the past year.

As the year draws to a close, pharmacy leaders give their verdicts on the successes and disappointments of the past year. Neal Patel, head of corporate communications, RPS


● More than 1,000 pharmacists accessed the RPS faculty resources since its launch in June.

● The endorsement by NHS England of the RPS's principles of medicines optimisation and the ongoing adoption of the idea.


● Still no summary care record system available to community pharmacists.

● Not enough input from pharmacists to help tackle medication issues in care homes.

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John D'Arcy, managing director, Numark


● A new medicine review service was launched in Northern Ireland and a two-year funding agreement was reached in Scotland.

● The GPhC regulatory regime gathered momentum throughout the year, with growing clarity on its approach to pharmacy regulation and fitness to practise.


● Still no contractual financial settlement in England and Wales.

● Pharmacists struggling to cope with increased prescription volumes and administration associated with locally commissioned services.  

Claire Ward, chief executive, IPF


● Some excellent collaboration to deliver the London flu service.

● We continue to see innovation in service delivery, but...


● …it remains the exception rather than the rule.

● Pharmacy still doesn't get the recognition it deserves from commissioners.

Rob Darracott, chief executive, Pharmacy Voice


● The launch of our Treat Yourself Better Without Antibiotics campaign, pointing people towards community pharmacies.

● Our second national audit revealed that day in, day out, community pharmacists raise questions of medicines safety to GPs.


● Further delays in the contract settlement in England.

● The modest extension to the New Medicines Service.

Check out C+D's interactive review of the year here.

What were your highs and lows of this year?

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So far so good; took 20 carehomes from the shoe company :)

John Randell, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Was 2013 a success for pharmacy?


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