Hertfordshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee represents and supports all pharmacy contractors in Hertfordshire by negotiating for local enhanced services such as the supply of emergency hormonal contraception, needle exchange, supervised methadone consumption, chlamydia screening and smoking cessation services. The LPC also supports the implementation of the pharmacy contractual framework by liaising with contractors and the Area Team.
The LPC is constituted according to the model constitution set out by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and operates within a corporate governance framework. Funding for the LPC is derived from a levy paid by all pharmacy contractors in Hertfordshire. The LPC Constitution was revised in 2014 due to the changes in the local NHS infrastructure.
Strategic Plan and Priority Work Streams
In April 2018 the LPC agreed a three year strategic plan to run until March 2021 that included an overarching vision, mission and aims.
The priorities for achievement would refresh every financial year during the three year period and have been updated as outlined below.
For community pharmacies to become an integral and equal partner in the health and care landscape for the benefit of patients and the public.
To represent and support community pharmacy contractors and their staff to work locally as one unified team that supports the best possible outcomes for patients and the public.
- To promote the benefits of community pharmacy.
- To provide leadership and development of community pharmacy to meet future challenges.
- To support delivery of existing and new commissioned/contracted services through community pharmacies.
- To support the viability of the community pharmacy network.
These aims will be delivered in 2020/21 by focusing on the following top seven priorities for achievement. These are listed in no particular order:
Community Pharmacy Support to Care Homes
Objective: To implement and evaluate the care homes service pilot within Dacorum.
Primary Care Networks (PCN)
Objective: To continue to develop and support community pharmacy to become an integral partner as part of the PCN.
Objective: To evaluate the diabetes work undertaken within Herts Valleys CCG and build upon the learning to develop community pharmacy as part of an integrated primary care model.
Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) 2019 – 2024 Implementation
Objective: To support and advise community pharmacy to optimise the five year community pharmacy contract including involvement with new pilots.
Domiciliary MURs and Supporting Medicines Waste
Objective: To demonstrate the part that community pharmacy plays in reducing and managing medicines waste and at the same time improving compliance and patient outcomes through the implementation of a pilot service in Hertsmere.
Objective: To support contractors to deliver quality public health signposting and services through a robust contracting and commissioning process.
Prescribing and Dispensing
Objective: To support community pharmacies with guidance and advice on local issues and enabling opportunities for community pharmacies to deliver services and be reimbursed competitively.