Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.


Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

LPCs merging in preparation for NHS reforms

By News team

Local pharmaceutical committees are merging or forming greater ties with their neighbours as they prepare for the new landscape created by the Government’s NHS reforms in England.

Next month (April 2012), a new LPC will be created following the official merger of three committees: Leeds; Calderdale and Kirklees; and Bradford and Airedale.

The move follows a similar decision last year by contractors in Tyneside, who came together to form the new North of Tyne LPC, formed from a merger between the North Tyne and Northumberland committees.

According to LPC leaders, the mergers are an attempt to create a more powerful pharmacy base and speak with a stronger voice during negotiations with clinical commissioning groups and health and wellbeing boards — the NHS bodies that are being established through the Health and Social Care Bill, which gained royal assent this week.

Mike King, head of LPC and contractor support at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, said the PSNC is keen for LPCs to reflect on their formation in light of the changes ahead.

He said: "An evolution is going on at the moment. We are encouraging [LPCs] to look at the future ways of working in the new commissioning environment and to look at their own size and whether they are fit for purpose.

"They may come to the conclusion that the current LPC is the most effective way of doing things."

Take a look at how LPCs are changing here

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11098326

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

RPS publications

Pharmaceutical Press is the publishing division of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and is a leading provider of authoritative pharmaceutical information used throughout the world.


Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.