Think Pharmacy Event 30 September 2015
The role of Hertfordshire LPC is to be the voice and support of community pharmacy in Hertfordshire representing local community pharmacy teams to become an effective part of primary health and social care encouraging patients to think pharmacy first.
On 30 September 2015 Hertfordshire LPC held a Think Pharmacy event. The event brought together those who are involved in, or influence, local commissioning decisions highlighting the range of Community Pharmacy services which can improve patient’s health outcomes. A target audience of CCGs, Commissioners, Elected Members, Healthcare Professionals, Health Providers, Health Watch, Patient Groups, Health and Wellbeing Board, NHS England, Public Health, Secondary Care, Voluntary Agencies and their teams from Hertfordshire were sent an invitation to attend the Think Pharmacy event. The event programme can be seen here.
The event was based upon the aim of working with other healthcare professional groups, patient groups and local political organisations to ensure that community pharmacy is delivering high quality care to patients and that the benefits of community pharmacy are optimised. The NHS Constitution sets out the rights to which patients, public and its staff are entitled to, and pledges that the public, patients and staff owe it to one another to ensure that the NHS operates fairly and effectively. This places a huge responsibility on all of us to work together collaboratively in order to achieve our common goal of each patient’s well being.
The event was well received with over 50 people attending the event. This event included a format of presentations, exhibitions and networking.
The LPC created a video for the Think Pharmacy event sharing the experiences of patients within a community pharmacies across Hertfordshire. The video showcases the positive aspects of patient centred professionalism in community pharmacy.
There were eleven stands with community pharmacists showcasing how community pharmacy already supports their patients on the following topics in each of the localities across Hertfordshire. For each topic area below the LPC created a fact sheet demonstrating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the contributions of community pharmacy to improving care for patients.
- Sexual Health
- Electronic Prescription Service
- Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA)
- Medicine Use Review (MUR)
- Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP)
- Substance Misuse
- New Medicine Service (NMS)
- Repeat Dispensing
- Stop Smoking
Please note that the above documents were created using some information from the PSNC website.
Presentations at the Think Pharmacy event can be accessed below.
- Making the most of the expertise of community pharmacists and the pharmacy team– Alastair Buxton, Director of NHS Services, PSNC
- Improving the effectiveness of integrated care teams– Rob Darracott, Pharmacy Voice
The LPC created an detailed overview of what community pharmacies offer in each of the eleven localities below in Hertfordshire:
- Watford and Three Rivers Community Pharmacy Local Services
- Dacorum Community Pharmacy Local Services
- St Albans and Harpenden Community Pharmacy Local Services
- Hertsmere Community Pharmacy Local Services
- North Herts Community Pharmacy Local Services
- Stevenage Community Pharmacy Local Services
- Welwyn Hatfield Community Pharmacy Local Services
- Upper Lea Valley Community Pharmacy Local Services
- Lower Lea Valley Community Pharmacy Local Services
- Stort Valley Community Pharmacy Local Services
- Royston Community Pharmacy Local Services
The eleven stands provided key those in attendance with an opportunity to ask questions about community pharmacies and the services they provide. Additional resources to support the event on local and national community pharmacy services can be accessed below:
|Topic Area||Additional Resources to support the Think Pharmacy Event|
|Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)|
|Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA)|
|Medicine Use Review (MUR)|
|Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLPs)||
· Why HLP
|New Medicines Service (NMS)|