Pharmacy bodies release statement on Easter 2020 opening requirements

We understand that NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) are preparing to direct community pharmacies to treat the forthcoming Easter weekend ‘like any normal weekend’ and to open for at least some time on Good Friday and bank holiday Monday. To read the full statement, click here.…

NHS Help Us, Help You campaign

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched their 'Help Us, Help You Campaign'.

“More important than ever” Ask Your Pharmacist Week gets underway

Ask Your Pharmacist Week 2019 begins today - an initiative by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) and the NHS to build public understanding of community pharmacy services and the clinical skills of pharmacists.

Ask Your Pharmacist Week campaign materials now available

Pharmacies and pharmacy stakeholders can now access a suite of campaign materials via npa.co.uk/ayp2019, to prepare for Ask Your Pharmacist Week (11-18 November).

The Ask Your Pharmacist initiative is part of ongoing efforts by the NPA, the NHS and others to promote community pharmacy as a provider of clinical care and the first port of call for help with minor illnesses. Campaign materials include: Digital assets – imagery for Twitter and Facebook and template social media posts Window posters (downloadable in various sizes) and leaflets Web banner and suggested form of words for websites Template local newspaper column PowerPoint presentations & talk notes for community talks Pull up banners and leaflets for public exhibitions NPA Head of Communications, Stephen Fishwick, said: “The focus will be on the suitability of community pharmacy as a place to get clinical advice, in particular about common illnesses like coughs, colds and earache.” “Pharmacists in England will understand the timeliness of this message for the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service, which begins at the end of October.” “However, the core theme resonates in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland too.  A selection of resources is available so that pharmacies anywhere in the UK can participate.” NHS England and NHS Improvement has supported the development of Ask Your Pharmacist Week 2019 and the campaign assets carry NHS branding.…

Pharmacy bodies organise joint roundtable events at party conferences

Four organisations representing the entire community pharmacy sector are meeting with parliamentarians and other key stakeholders at this year’s party conference to explore the role of community pharmacy in preventing ill health.

The Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIM), the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) are jointly organising roundtable events at the Labour and Conservative party conferences. They take place on 23 September in Brighton and 30 September in Manchester. The event will focus on prevention, particularly the government’s Green Paper for prevention, which focuses on the importance of local providers working together to promote good health. This joint event will bring together patient groups, other healthcare professions, parliamentarians and other stakeholders. The organisers will brief guests on the track record of community pharmacy in preventing ill health, before discussing ways in which the sector can overcome any challenges that we face in delivering the prevention agenda. A report summarising the discussions and any next steps that will be taken will be published after both events have taken place. To find out more, please email Neil Bhayani, NPA’s Public Affairs Manager at n.bhayani@npa.co.uk.…

Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) roadshow

The PSNC is running a series of Sunday roadshow events to help community pharmacy contractors and anyone working in community pharmacies to understand the new five-year deal on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF).

They take place across England from August to October, and the NPA encourages you to attend. Find out more on PSNC’s website…

Scotland’s CPO to address National Pharmacy Association conference

Scotland’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Rose Marie Parr, will be a panellist at the NPA conference, it has been revealed.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock and NHS England director, Ed Waller, were earlier confirmed as speakers at the event, taking place in Manchester on 20 June. NPA chief executive, Mark Lyonette, said: “Dr Rose Marie Parr is a driving force behind the Pharmacy First approach in Scotland, which is about making care more convenient for patients and engaging the entire healthcare workforce, to cope with the ever increasing demands of an ageing population. NPA members from all parts of the UK will find her remarks insightful and illuminating. Rose Marie is a great addition to our conference line-up.” Please book now for the conference and make the most of this great opportunity to learn about the latest policy developments, network with fellow NPA members, meet senior figures in healthcare and have your say on the things that matter most to you and your pharmacy. For more information, go to the event page on the NPA site or email events@npa.co.uk.…
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NHS England director joins Health Secretary on list of speakers at NPA conference

NHS England’s director responsible for community pharmacy, Ed Waller, will be among the keynote speakers at the NPA conference, it has been confirmed.

Mr Waller, who is Director of Primary Care Strategy and NHS Contracts, joins Health Secretary Matt Hancock on the list of influential guests to address NPA members on 20 June in Manchester. He leads on community pharmacy strategy and the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for NHS England. NPA chief executive, Mark Lyonette, said: “The theme of our conference is Forwards in Partnership, and that includes working collaboratively with the NHS in pursuit of shared, patient-focused objectives.  So we are delighted to announce that Ed Waller has accepted the invitation to share with our members his perspective on community pharmacy now and in the future.” More speakers will be unveiled shortly. Please book now for the conference and make the most of this great opportunity to learn about the latest policy developments, network with fellow NPA members, meet senior figures in healthcare and have your say on the things that matter most to you and your pharmacy. For more information, go to the event page on the NPA site or email events@npa.co.uk.…