On Wednesday 12 October 2022, National Voices convened a group of its members and lived experience partners on behalf of the National Pharmacy Association to discuss the future role of community pharmacy within primary care and more widely. The National Pharmacy Association is the representative voice of independent community pharmacies across the UK and a leading provider of services to the entire sector.
National Voices members in attendance included:
Asthma + Lung UK
Friends, Families and Travellers
Crohn’s and Colitis UK
The Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN)
Key takeaways from our members and lived experience partners during this important conversation included:
Many health and care charities see potential for community pharmacists to offer more services.
Continuity of care within pharmacy is vital to support people with long term conditions to manage their health.
Trust is key.
Pharmacies are well placed to deliver holistic care, rooted in communities.
Pharmacies can take a ‘no wrong door’ approach in terms of access to care and information on health.
Any adoption of digital approaches to delivery in pharmacy should put patient choice at the centre.