Health and care supporters

dr-matt-kearney-nhs-englandDr Matt Kearney MPH FRCP FRCGP, National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention | NHS England, National Clinical Advisor | Public Health England, General Practitioner, Castlefields Runcorn
“Improvement in patient outcomes and the essential shift in focus to prevention will only be achieved if we do things differently with new models of care and prevention.  I believe that pharmacists will be central to this evolution in primary care. Community pharmacy is the place where many of the face-to-face consultations take place on a daily basis. Pharmacists and their teams are a highly trained workforce. They have the potential to be much more active in supporting individuals to identify health risks and modify lifestyles. But many too have the skills to detect and treat high risk conditions such as hypertension and atrial fibrillation, and to help patients adhere to critical, but sometimes difficult treatments like warfarin and statins.

I very much welcome the Community Pharmacy Forward View with its clear ambition for the future of community pharmacy, positioned as a key player in the modernisation of primary care.”

Dr Mark Spencer GP, Co-Chair, The New NHS Alliancedr-mark-spencer-new-nhs-alliance
“A viable and thriving community pharmacy service is a cornerstone of healthy communities. We support the calls for a national community pharmacy forward view and as part of that the development of community pharmacy practice within primary care and increasing skill mixing in primary care to reduce pressure on GP practices and ultimately on A&E departments. Pharmacists have a key role to play not only in managing minor ailments but in the integrated management of long-term conditions.”

john-smith-pagbJohn Smith, PAGB Chief Executive
“We welcome the Community Pharmacy Forward View from Pharmacy Voice, PSNC and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  Community pharmacy has a central role to play in the delivery of healthcare services and, therefore, there needs to be a clear plan for the pharmacy sector, defining what it will deliver and how it will be resourced. This document helpfully starts that discussion towards a clear collective vision for the future. PAGB believes pharmacy should be recognised as offering accessible healthcare on the High Street and we support the ‘pharmacy first’ message.  We would welcome measures to enable pharmacy to support more people to self care for their self treatable conditions, reducing the burden on overstretched GP and A&E services.”

Phil McCarvill, Deputy Director of Policy, NHS Confederation
“Community pharmacy is a vital partner for the NHS. It’s important to work together to maximise the potential of community pharmacy to help people stay as fit and healthy as possible for as long as possible, and provide a trusted, convenient first port of call for advice and treatment.”