The All-Party Pharmacy Group has launched an inquiry into Primary and Community care: How can service improvements be achieved and where does pharmacy fit?
The inquiry is linked to the Five Year Forward, which set out a vision of how the NHS needs to change to meet the pressures it is currently facing. The Five Year Forward therefore focuses on developing and introducing new models of primary care and out of hospital community care.
Within these new models of care, power and funding would be devolved to local leaders and local commissioning groups – allowing them greater independence and control over the healthcare services in their areas. The challenge for primary and community care is to improve efficiency, make more effective use of existing resources and to be innovative.
In some localities, but by no means all, pharmacy is already playing a more significant role in these new models of care, working alongside other healthcare professionals. We want to learn about that experience and how it is helping improve efficiency in the NHS and reach the targets set out in the Five Year Forward View.
The APPG is therefore interested in hearing stakeholder views on what changes are required to accelerate progress in utilising the capabilities of pharmacy. We want to hear how commissioning is changing (or needs to change) in order to enable this.
Specific issues that are of interest to us in this Inquiry, and on which views would be welcome, include:
While there will be a focus on the role which pharmacy can play within these new models of care the APPG will be seeking views from all stakeholders to get a broader understanding of the current areas where the environment is working well and also where the challenges and barriers lie. Any interested party is welcome to submit written evidence. Such submissions should be as brief as possible and contain an executive summary.
All evidence must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 15th December 2015.
Equiries must be submitted by Tuesday 15th December 2015
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