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a westminster imageJuly 20 2018

Community pharmacy representatives have briefed MPs about the role pharmacy teams can play in helping manage long term conditions.

At a meeting at the Houses of Parliament, PSNC, working with LPCs and other pharmacy organisations, told 35 MPs and their colleagues about how pharmacy teams can:

  • identify and treat long-term conditions in the community;
  • help to keep people healthy and out of hospital; and
  • reduce pressure on GPs and other parts of the health service.

“Many of them expressed support for the sector, and PSNC and their LPCs will be following up with them over the summer,” said PSNC.

All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) Chair Sir Kevin Barron MP, who had sponsored the event, said: “The pressure on the rest of the National Health Service around minor ailments, going into A&E and effectively blocking up doctors’ surgeries as well – these can be dealt with by community pharmacy. People are recognising that now. And of course, what we’re doing here today is looking at how people with long-term conditions can be better looked after by community pharmacy, not necessarily having to use the rest of our health service.”

APPG Vice-Chair Steve Double MP added: “I think it’s really important that we engage with MPs in this way so that they have a better understanding of the role of pharmacies as part of our comprehensive National Health Service.”

PSNC has been sharing images and videos from the event on social media and says community pharmacy teams may wish to support this activity by using some of the tweet templates and photos given in a link in its announcement. Alternatively, the messages and photos on PSNC’s Twitter account @PSNCNews can be retweeted.

Malcolm Harrison, Chief Executive of the Company Chemists’ Association, added: “We are delighted to support this cross-sector work to raise awareness of the important work that community pharmacists do to help keep people with long-term conditions healthy and out of hospital. At a challenging time for the pharmacy sector, events like this provide an important opportunity to remind MPs of the role that community pharmacy plays in relieving pressure on the health service.”

Links:
PSNC statement            
CCA statement 
Today’s Pharmacist coverage of announcement 

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