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Demonstrating the patient benefit and value for the NHS of community pharmacy: insight from the Community Pharmacy Future modelSubscription
In the face of funding and efficiency cuts to community pharmacy, the role of the sector is coming under increasing pressure. The importance of outcomes evidence (particularly health economic evidence) is being brought sharply into focus. The profession must come together to produce the evidence needed to justify the services provided by community pharmacy and to support its future development. This article uses the Community Pharmacy Future (CPF) project, and the services developed and evalu
The government recently announced £112m investment to create 1,500 more clinical pharmacist posts in GP surgeries. Although I support the extended role of the pharmacist across all settings, I struggle to understand the move at a time when community pharmacies are having their budget cut by £170m. The initial pilot of providing more pharmacists in GP surgeries (announced late in 2015) is still being evaluated, yet despite no evidence being published, national funding has been made available.
Pharmacy can help deliver NHS five-year visionSubscription
The new government will need to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View and pharmacy will have a big part in this. The ‘Community pharmacy future’ project I am involved with is producing evidence of the benefits that pharmacists bring by supporting better medicines use by patients with long-term conditions. Pharmacies will need to start providing more holistic, patient-centred packages of ca
Having more pharmacists should be an opportunitySubscription
Evidence should be our focus Subscription