Morning, Wednesday, 20th November 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.