Pharmacy Voice has responded to the Department of Health's consultations on public health strategy, transparency of outcomes, and funding and commissioning.
Pharmacy Voice has responded to the Department of Health’s consultations on public health strategy, transparency of outcomes, and funding and commissioning.
Rob Darracott, chief executive of Pharmacy Voice said:
“We are pleased that the Government has recognised the role of community pharmacy in supporting the public health agenda and assisting those who wish to make lifestyle changes to improve their health. There is a rapidly expanding evidence base supporting the work of the community pharmacy team in this area.
Whilst we support the Government’s aim of shifting powers to local communities in order to reduce health inequalities we are concerned that there will be a lack of strategic planning for populations which could lead to fragmentation of provision and diminished service.
With the emergence of new local authority commissioners of public health who may be unfamiliar with the attributes of community pharmacy there is an urgent need for the development of national templates and national recognition of training competences and frameworks. This will enable commissioners to be sure that service specifications are robust. National competences matched to frameworks and the rapid deployment of a national reporting platform like PharmaBase to capture outputs will further support effective commissioning.
NHS reform inevitably brings with it some uncertainty about the lines of accountability in the new structures. We need to know when and by whom decisions are being taken, so we can ensure our perspective reaches the right table at the right time.”