Speaking at today’s School of Pharmacy media seminar at the Royal Society, Pharmacy Voice Chief Executive Rob Darracott said:
“In theory the ‘any willing provider’ model espoused by the Government should unlock huge opportunities for community pharmacy and patients alike. But I’m afraid community pharmacy rising up and saying yes we can won’t be enough. We have to prove that we can deliver ever-more valued services and continue to invest in our capability. We have to raise awareness of good practice. It is critical for us to reach out to GPs and local authorities so that they truly believe in the contribution we can make.
“I would like to see all of our NHS colleagues start to think of pharmacists and their teams as never before. A world where (with the patient’s consent) every doctor wants to share clinical information with pharmacists, so that our medicines expertise is more fully used in the effective management of long term conditions in the community. Pharmacists and doctors should work more closely together to ensure that a new medicine suits someone with a long-term condition when they start taking it, and medicines supply over the long term should be titrated according to individual patient factors, such as risk, the likelihood of change and the need for routine or regular monitoring.