With three months until the General Election Pharmacy Voice, PSNC and the IPF are encouraging pharmacy teams across the UK to engage with their local MPs and parliamentary candidates using the community pharmacy manifesto toolkit.
Earlier this year the three community pharmacy organisations launched a toolkit, which includes a template letter to send to their local MP or parliamentary candidate, as well as guidance on identifying and liaising with their local representatives and the supporters. The page shows the many MPs across the country who have taken up the offer to visit their local pharmacy.
Conservative MP Robert Jenrick visited Whistler’s Pharmacy in Newark last week where the pharmacy team used the opportunity to highlight to him the key role community pharmacy plays, not just as a dispenser of medicines but as a provider of a wide range of services including flu vaccinations and healthy living advice.
Nick Hunter, Secretary of Nottinghamshire LPC, who accompanied Mr Jenrick on his pharmacy visit, said:
“Mr Jenrick was particularly interested in the local variation of services because his constituency covers more than one CCG area. It was a great opportunity to inform a relatively new MP about the importance of commissioning services from community pharmacy to deliver better care for patients and better value for the NHS, and following his visit he is keen to support better use of pharmacy services for his constituents.”