Westminster Health Forum

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

TO BE PUBLISHED December 2019

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.

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