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New commission to look at role of pharmacy in boosting patient care

Panel will look for innovative practice to share across healthcare services

Caroline White

Friday, 19 April 2013

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a commission to look at how better use of pharmacies could improve patient care.

The commission on ‘Future Models of Care Through Pharmacy’ is chaired by Dr Judith Smith, Director of Policy at the independent charitable research foundation, the Nuffield Trust. 

Its members include Dr Nicola Walsh, of The King's Fund; Tony Avery, Professor of Primary Health Care, at the University of Nottingham; Professor Nick Barber of the Health Foundation; Sue Latter, Professor of Nursing, University of Southampton; and Dr Johnny Marshall, Interim Partnership Development Director for NHS Clinical Commissioners.

The commission’s remit will be to highlight existing and emerging examples of innovative services delivered through pharmacy, and suggest ways in which these could be more widely applied across healthcare services. 

The intention is to ask pharmacists, other health professionals, policy makers, health managers, patients and the public, to highlight examples of innovative services involving pharmacy, and to give their views on what helps or hinders the development of these services. 

It will be taking evidence submitted online until May 31, and publish its report in the Autumn.

“To provide high quality care in an age of financial austerity, we need to think differently about when, where and how people access advice, screening, and care for many of their health concerns,” commented Commission Chair, Judith Smith. “Pharmacy already plays a major role in this, but we know that role could be extended, in partnership with other health professions.”

Ash Soni, Vice Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society England Board, added: “The time is absolutely right for us to ask challenging questions about how pharmacy could and should contribute more to the newly reformed NHS in England where better patient outcomes and improved quality of care will be demanded alongside significant savings.”

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