Westminster Health Forum

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

December 2019

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

  • Integrating services,
  • Regulating online pharmacies, and
  • Next steps for reducing overprescribing.

It takes place following the publication of the five-year Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework, 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 the bigger role for pharmacists in in providing care for patients over the next decade - as well as improving medicine optimisation and promoting medicine safety.

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

  • Priority areas for funding,
  • Key issues for logistics and increasing capacity, and
  • Next steps for rolling out the electronic prescription service.


Keynote contributions:

Professor Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, Director, Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice Research, Department of Pharmacy, University of Huddersfield; Simon Dukes, Chief Executive Officer, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee; Steve Howard, Director, Clinical Standards, McKesson UK; Catherine McDermott, Chief Digital Officer, McKesson UK; Dr Vishen Ramkisson, Senior Clinical Lead, Product Development, NHS Digital and Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive and Registrar, General Pharmaceutical Council.

Further confirmed speakers:

Judith Davey, The Advocacy Project; Malcolm Harrison, Company Chemists’ Association; Andrew Lane, National Pharmacy Association and James Roach, NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

The agenda

  • The role of pharmacy in supporting the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan;
  • Priorities for the community pharmacy contract;
  • Key issues for the delivery of pharmacy services: developing Primary Care Networks, integrating services and improving patient care;
  • The future of pharmacy services in the UK - an international comparison; and
  • Next steps for innovation in pharmacy services:
    • Assessing the role of technology in the dispensing of medicines;
    • Regulating online pharmacies: transparency, safeguarding and patient choice;
    • Integration into urgent and emergency care; and
    • Digitising medicines data: improving access, ensuring patient safety and training the workforce.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates