NPA Publications / Thought Leadership

A key part of the NPA’s role as the representative body for independents and independent multiples is to commission and publish policy papers to lead thinking on matters relevant to community pharmacy and the service we offer to the public.


Read NPA reports below:

How we can help

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) launched what it calls “a bold plan” for England’s community pharmacies to protect the population from Covid-19, improve access to primary care and prevent ill health.

Working collaboratively in an ICS report

A new report looking at how community pharmacy will work as part of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) lists seven requirements to help bring the best out of the sector.

COPD policy action plan

An action plan to improve outcomes for people living with COPD in the UK.

EY report

The EY report was commissioned by the NPA and drew on financial research conducted among NPA members. The report consider the financial state of the sector in England and highlights concerns about the level of NHS funding. Click through to read the full report and key findings.

Face to Face report

The NPA’s new report, Face to Face, brings together true life stories about the benefits of accessible, locally based healthcare, and shows the importance of face to face relationships between patients and health professionals. It’s a reminder that the human touch matters in healthcare.

Hub & Spoke reports

The NPA has taken an evidence-based approached to Hub & Spoke, producing three reports on this issue. Our reports consider the barriers and enablers for Hub & Spoke in the UK, what evidence is available from around the world and the issues raised by an NPA-organised sector-wide round table chaired by the Chief Executive of the King’s Fund. Click through to read our past reports.

Heartbeats on the High Street

How Community Pharmacy can transform Britain’s Health, Wealth and Wellbeing. In this report, ResPublica renews the case for Community Pharmacy, and places it at the heart of the debate over primary care. The report also makes the link between the healthcare benefits of Community Pharmacy and its “social capital”, highlighting its role as a people-centered and place-based network embedded in local communities.

Health inequalities

NHS groups, patient representatives, community activists, pharmacists and public health specialists gathered in June 2018 to highlight inequalities in health and called for action.

New models of care

The NPA commissioned a report on a new model of care in Sheffield, with community pharmacy providing enhanced support to general practice

Fuller Stocktake – Community Pharmacy Roundtable

The Fuller Stocktake examined how primary care can best work with partners across the newly formed ICSs to meet the health needs of their local population. On 14 March the NPA organised a roundtable for pharmacy representatives to share their insights with NHSE officials and the director of the Fuller Stocktake/Integrated Primary Care in Systems.

Helping people living with obesity – the role of Community Pharmacy

On 31 March the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) organised a roundtable in collaboration with Novo Nordisk to discuss how the NHS – and community pharmacy – can better serve people living with obesity. ABOUT The virtual event was chaired by Professor Maggie Rae, President of the Faculty of Public Health. It featured people with lived experience of obesity alongside representatives from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal Society for Public Health, Patients Association, UK Health Security Agency, Diabetes UK and NHS England. This report highlights the key points from the discussion, including seven proposed action points to help people living with obesity.