Referrals from GPs to the community pharmacy consultation service will be rolled out across England this fall

Referrals from GPs to community pharmacy through the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS) will be rolled out across England this fall, said Simon Dukes, chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

Speaking at the 2020 PSNC Local Pharmaceutical Committee Conference, held online on September 16, 2020, Dukes said the success of the program “will be built on a good relationship” between community pharmacy and general practice. . It should also, he said, build a platform for longer-term relationships between the two professions.

A pilot of the service is currently running in parts of England.

At the same conference, Dukes said this season’s flu vaccination service will be “more ambitious, more flexible and more unusual than ever.” The numbers involved will, he said, be a “huge challenge,” requiring collaboration between general medicine and community pharmacy. Dukes added that, for the first time, a “joint incentive program” has been put in place to help address this challenge.

In his speech, Dukes also expressed concern for the future of community pharmacy, noting that the “personal and financial toll” of managing the COVID-19 pandemic had been “significant” and that many entrepreneurs were “considering henceforth their own survival ”. It is, he said, “sad for them and desperate for their communities – and also, frankly, a shame. A shame that a key element of primary care in England is threatened when we are in the midst of a health crisis. “

PSNC is currently negotiating additional funding with the government. Dukes said he was pushing for advance payments “to be written off” from the costs of COVID-19: “those already experienced and those to come.” He added that the negotiator is also calling for an increase in funding for the contractual framework for community pharmacy, noting that it “was not written with COVID in mind. The pandemic has changed patients’ perspective on community pharmacy and the way the community pharmacy does business ”

Earlier in the conference, Keith Ridge, pharmaceutical director for England, told delegates the community pharmacy response to the pandemic had been “of the highest standard”. It had, he said, been an “incredibly difficult, overwhelming and difficult time for community pharmacy”, but the sector had demonstrated its “essential clinical role in the NHS system” and in ensuring patients are supplied with medicine. medicines and health advice.

Ridge called on all community pharmacy owners and managers to ensure their staff get the flu shot. He also suggested that pharmacies register on the personal protective equipment portal “immediately, as an emergency supply route”, as part of remaining “vigilant and safe from any second. wave”.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Affairs said community pharmacies “make an important contribution to the NHS and have gone above and beyond in response to COVID-19 to serve their communities.

“During this unprecedented pandemic, £ 370million has been paid up front to help pharmacies maintain drug supply and provide health advice, and we are engaging with PSNC and the industry on additional funding to cover additional costs incurred as a result of COVID. -19.

Comments are closed.