Westminster Health Forum

Pharmacy services in England - integration, digitisation and regulation

Morning, Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Central London


This seminar will discuss pharmacy services in England, looking at integrating services, digitising medicines records and regulating services.

The conference takes place following the publication of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for 2019/20 to 2023/24.

Delegates will discuss the key priorities for the contract as well as looking at how pharmacy can support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Planned sessions will examine the next steps for addressing overprescribing, looking at the role of medicines reviews and how efficiency between primary and secondary care can be improved.

It takes place following the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care ordering a review into overprescribing in the NHS.

The agenda also looks at the key issues for digitising the prescribing and distribution of medicines - including improving access to data, ensuring patient safety and innovating training for the pharmacy workforce.

It comes as hospitals accelerate the use of ePrescribing systems, with the NHS Long Term Plan committing to digital transformation throughout the NHS.

Sessions will assess the priorities for regulating online pharmacies, following the publication of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s updated guidance on pharmacies providing pharmacy services at a distance.

Delegates will discuss the development of safeguards and establishment of standards, as well as the next steps for improving patient choice.

We also expect discussion on the introduction of a primary care network contract - which is set to increase multidisciplinary teams in primary care and include a designated clinical pharmacist in each network, with every primary care network in England due to receive £38,000 in recurrent funding from July 2019 to hire a clinical pharmacist.

Following the publication of the Government’s green paper Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, this conference will also be an opportunity to consider the role of pharmacy in prevention and improving public health across England.

Keynote Speaker

Radhika Rangaraju

Head, Integration, Digital Urgent and Emergency Care, NHSX


Steve Double MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pharmacy, House of Commons

Julie Cooper MP

Shadow Minister, Community Health, House of Commons


Judith Davey

Chief Executive Officer, The Advocacy Project

Malcolm Harrison

Chief Executive, Company Chemists’ Association

Professor Claire Anderson

Chair, Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England and Professor, Social Pharmacy, Faculty of Science and Head, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Policy, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham

Simon Dukes

Chief Executive Officer, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Duncan Rudkin

Chief Executive and Registrar, General Pharmaceutical Council

Gul Root

National Lead, Pharmacy Public Health, Health Improvement Directorate, Public Health England