Social Prescribing of Physical Activity and Sport– Scottish Government Call for Views

This discusses the role of a GPHub link worker to refer patients to other services. The views of members at the August Scottish NPA forum were included in the response to highlight: • Community pharmacy teams regularly signpost patients to activities that will support physical or mental wellbeing. • The GPHub Link worker should be fully aware of the local and national community pharmacy services. • Community pharmacists should be able to social prescribe for patients directly, and refer patients directly to the GP Link worker.

DHSC consultation on community pharmacy drug reimbursement reforms

DHSC says it wants to apply the following principles: • the entirety of the arrangements provides value-for-money to the NHS and tax payers • all pharmacy contractors have equitable access to medicine margin • reimbursement prices better reflect market prices to improve pharmacy contractors' cash flow; and • the addition of medicine margin to reimbursement prices does not make medicines look more expensive than they really are and influences prescribing patterns.

What Primary Care for the next generation should look like? – Scottish Government Call for Views

The NPA members responded to the Scottish Government Health and Sport Committee Call for views on “What Primary Care should like for the next generation”. The views of members at the August Scottish NPA forum on the review of Primary Care were included in the response, to highlight aspirational pharmacy services to benefit patients and reduce burden on GPHubs.

Prevention green paper says pharmacies will be supported to help improve the nation’s health & wellbeing

The Department of Health and Social Care has published its long awaited green paper on public health: Advancing our Health – Prevention in the 2020s.

NPA response to Scottish Affairs Committee Inquiry on Use and Misuse of Drugs in Scotland

The NPA response to the Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into drug use and misuse in Scotland in April 2019 provided evidence that Scottish members as independent community pharmacy owners and their teams are integral to the support and treatment of drug users in Scotland.

Review of the funding model in Scotland for Community Pharmacist Supplementary and Independent Prescribing Clinics

In early October the NPA responded at very short notice to the Scottish Government Survey on the funding model for community pharmacy prescribing clinics

NPA response to Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee call for views on NHS Governance

The NPA responded to the Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee call for views on NHS Governance in response to NPA member discussions as to the transparency and accountability of NHS

Proposals to reintroduce prescription charges and abolish rate’s relief

The NPA has responded to the Department of Finance’s Briefing Paper on the Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook and proposals to reintroduce prescription charges and abolish rates relief for small businesses

NPA response to Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee Inquiry into the Impact of leaving the European Union on health and social care in Scotland

The NPA identified a number of potential implications of Brexit to the Health and Sport Committee of Scottish Parliament in response to their inquiry in January 2018

NHSE consultation on items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care

The Government and health service commissioners must proceed with caution, because of the potential for unintended consequences, especially in poorer communities

GPhC consultation on guidance to ensure a safe and effective pharmacy team

The NPA has highlighted concerns regarding training accreditation and the proposed guidance

Public Health England consultation to NHS Health Check Dementia risk reduction messaging

The NPA agreed with the proposal to include dementia risk reduction messaging in the NHS Health Check, and made the case that community pharmacies are the ideal healthcare setting for NHS Health Checks