Westminster Health Forum

The future for pharmacy services in England - prevention, integration, innovation and regulation

Morning, Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will discuss pharmacy services in England, looking at:


  • integrating services,
  • regulating online pharmacies, and
  • next steps for reducing overprescribing.

The conference takes place following the publication of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for 2019/20 to 2023/24, which commits funding to community pharmacy and highlights the role of pharmacists in improving public health and prevention and delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.


Delegates will discuss how pharmacists can support its delivery and play a bigger role in providing care for patients over the next decade - as well as improving medicines optimisation and promoting medicines safety.


They will assess challenges and opportunities for the contract and the NHS Long Term Plan, looking at:


  • priority areas for funding,
  • the logistics and capacity of pharmacists providing clinical services, and
  • next steps for transitioning to a service-provider role.

Prevention


The seminar follows the publication of the Government’s green paper Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s.


Delegates will examine the next steps for scaling up the role of pharmacists in having a wider role in prevention - looking at priorities for patient access and safety and the role of education and training.


We expect discussion on the key issues for increasing awareness - and improving patient support, with Public Health England’s recently-published Prescribed medicines review finding that prescription medicine dependence is connected to deprivation.


The conference also follows the announcement from NHS England of a review into making statins available from pharmacists in order to help prevent heart disease.


Delegates will consider the key issues for the review, as well as ensuring appropriate prescribing.


Overprescribing


Following the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care ordering a review into overprescribing in the NHS, we expect discussion on the next steps for addressing the issues, looking at:


  • the impact of medicines reviews in improving patient care and delivering financial savings for the NHS;
  • how efficiency and collaborative working between primary and secondary care can be improved; and
  • the role of digital technology in reducing overprescribing.

Online pharmacies


Further 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.


Digitisation


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.


Integration


The seminar follows the introduction of a new Community Pharmacist Consultation Service, which aims to support the integration of pharmacy services into urgent and emergency care from the end of October.


Attendees will assess the issues in delivering this service and the lessons learned from recent pilots - looking at ensuring patient safety, service efficiency and consistency in care, as well as coping with periods of high demand.


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 funding to hire a clinical pharmacist.



Keynote Speakers

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

Dr Vishen Ramkisson

Senior Clinical Lead, Product Development, NHS Digital

Steve Howard

Superintendent Pharmacist and Director, Clinical Standards, McKesson UK

Catherine McDermott

Chief Digital Officer, McKesson UK

Keynote Speakers

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

Dr Vishen Ramkisson

Senior Clinical Lead, Product Development, NHS Digital

Steve Howard

Superintendent Pharmacist and Director, Clinical Standards, McKesson UK

Catherine McDermott

Chief Digital Officer, McKesson UK

Radhika Rangaraju

Head, Integration, Digital Urgent and Emergency Care, NHSX

Gul Root

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

Chairs

Steve Double MP

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

Julie Cooper MP

Shadow Minister, Community Health

Speakers

Judith Davey

Chief Executive Officer, The Advocacy Project

Malcolm Harrison

Chief Executive, Company Chemists’ Association

Andrew Lane

Vice Chair and Chair, Policy and Practice, National Pharmacy Association

James Roach

Programme Director, Integrated Care, NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group