Scotland won’t sit on its pharmacy laurels

By Phil Galt, NPA board member

Scotland is a good news story for community pharmacy and we’ve seen many positive developments in pharmacy practice across the network here. When the NPA board came to Edinburgh in May, to discuss the things that matter most to the association’s members in Scotland, I confess to feeling rather proud about Scottish pharmacy’s many achievements. Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Professor Rose Marie Parr, attended our meeting and was once again very clear that pharmacy is a key partner in delivering NHS care in the community. Rose Marie is a force for good in the health & social care system and we eagerly look forward to her joining the panel at the next NPA conference, in Manchester. Community Pharmacy Scotland was represented by Matt Barclay, who also looked forward to a ‘bright future for community pharmacy in Scotland’ based on the shared vision encapsulated in the Achieving Excellence strategy and the CPS manifesto. It’s sometimes said south of the border that Scotland is a model that others should follow – in terms of the far-sightedness of the agenda here and also the constructive tone in which discussions are typically conducted between government, NHS and the pharmacy sector. Certainly some of the things pharmacy leaders hanker for in England are long established in Scotland – notably a clear and agreed vision for community pharmacy within the NHS.…