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manifestoOctober 7 2015

Community Pharmacy Scotland has launched a new manifesto promoting ways in which community pharmacy could play an even more effective role in health care.

The manifesto has three key themes:

  • ‘Pharmacy first’ - making community pharmacy the first port of call when people need the NHS
  • ‘Prevent’ - building on the pharmacy contract’s Public Health Service to facilitate healthy living for those with and without long term conditions
  • ‘Support’ - working with the public (including carers) to maximise the benefits of their medication.

CPS is calling for the community pharmacy network to have further support so that it can be part of the ongoing development of new approaches to patient care.

“This new detailed version of the Manifesto for Community Pharmacy Scotland builds on our 2010 publication which set out a clear vision of a stronger more proactive role for community pharmacists in the frontline of healthcare delivery within the NHS primary care team in Scotland,” says CPS

Under each of the three themes, the manifesto looks at why and how pharmacy should be supported to deliver the aims. In making pharmacy the first port of call, CPS says the current Minor Ailment Service should be extended to include other common conditions that could be treated through the pharmacy.

It also says there should be greater access to patient information, which would prevent the need to contact the GP unnecessarily, and that pharmacies should be seen as an integral part of primary care with improved referral pathways.

On prevention, it calls for the expansion of public health provision through pharmacy, such as NHS vaccination services, alcohol misuse awareness services and enhancement of the current sexual health services.

In terms of support in medicines optimisation, CPS proposes that the potential of the Chronic Medication Services should be fully realised in a variety of ways:

  • working in partnership and integrating further with NHS colleagues and services
  • targeted support could be delivered for those most likely to suffer ill health
  • policy on polypharmacy should be incorporated formally into the CMS

CPS chairman Martin Green commented: “We need to find a way to further enhance our role within the national strategy, Prescription for Excellence and other areas such as the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

“Community pharmacists currently play a vital role in Scotland’s modern NHS. This manifesto highlights where we believe we can further integrate with primary care teams and use our unique skills and expertise, working in partnership with Scotland’s patients, to build on the wide range of pharmaceutical care services already provided.”
 
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CPS Manifesto 2015

Manifesto summary

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