Collaborative Working Project between The National Pharmacy Association, Gen X Media Ltd (trading as Pharmacy in Practice) and Pfizer Ltd
Supporting Community Pharmacy to be the “Front Door of Healthcare”
Earlier this year, NHS England (NHSE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced plans to expand the role of community pharmacy to deliver additional health services to patients with the aim of alleviating pressure on the NHS as it begins to resume pre-pandemic services. This allows for more choice in how care and treatments are accessed.
The NHS Long Term Plan also sets out how patients and the public will increasingly rely on clinical care provided by community pharmacy to support delivery of the commitments from the plan, which Pfizer Ltd consider a priority and has been a focus for ongoing planning for some time.
Pfizer Ltd has now entered into a collaborative working agreement with The National Pharmacy Association and Gen X Media Ltd (trading as Pharmacy in Practice) to deliver support for the development of a robust clinical network of services in the pharmacy ecosystem, that supports the NHS to deliver on its commitments laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan. This will integrate local communities and support local health needs by providing additional educational and training materials to Pharmacists on a range of clinical services, including on vaccination techniques, with the aim of relieving pressure on the NHS. The collaboration will also look to provide awareness and education materials to the public on the range of services being offered by Community Pharmacy, advocating for better access to clinical information and treatment, which will allow for informed choice at a local level.
The overall aim of Pfizer Ltd working in partnership with The National Pharmacy Association and Gen X Media (trading as Pharmacy in Practice) is to develop a range of training and educational materials, including on vaccination techniques, for pharmacists and their staff, to enable them to upskill so they can provide clinical services and treatments to patients that adhere to national guidelines. This will help optimise best practice within community pharmacy and therefore bring benefits to patients and pharmacy consumers. We will commence this work through vaccination services in the first instance and then look to expand to wider clinical services thereafter.
BenefitsBenefits to patients and thier care
Proposed term of collaborative working projectPlanned Start Date of Project: November 2023
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