Community pharmacy is an innovative and entrepreneurial sector offering fresh perspectives in how to deliver excellent patient care. In these pages and via our publication Talking Point we share examples of best practice in community pharmacy to demonstrate to policymakers, healthcare stakeholders and pharmacy teams how community pharmacy can play a bigger role as a more integrated part of primary care.
Perspectives on the flu vaccination in pharmacy
In winter 2015/16 community pharmacy delivered the first nationally commissioned flu vaccination service. Read feedback from on-the-ground teams at Well and hear from a pharmacist in Lancashire on their experiences.
Targeted blood pressure campaign in Wakefield
As part of Rowlands Pharmacy's work to support awareness and management of blood pressure among the local population, Rowlands Pharmacy provided blood pressure checks in local workplaces as part of a four week Blood Pressure Drop-In campaign launched by Wakefield Council in March 2014.
Pharmacy First improving GP access in West Yorkshire
The Pharmacy First scheme in West Yorkshire demonstrates how pharmacists can help reduce the pressure on GPs by helping patients with minor ailments.
Isle of Wight community pharmacists help to reduce hospital readmission
Community Pharmacists in the Isle of Wight are helping patients to manage their recovery once discharged from hospital, providing home visits and guidance for use of medicines. This assistance significantly helps reduce the risk of readmission to hospital.
Talking Point Issue#1
Here you can find the first issue of ‘Talking Point,’ published in September 2015 which Pharmacy Voice has created as a series of publications to share best practice in community pharmacy. Developed with the sponsorship of Pfizer Healthy Partnerships (PHP), the publication is targeted at commissioners and those working in the community pharmacy sector aiming to inspire both audiences by outlining successful programmes, initiatives and individuals in the sector across England.
East Sussex pharmacies supporting palliative care
East Sussex LPC has helped many patients through a successful 'Just in Case’ Palliative Care Service. This provides terminally ill patients with a sealed box of medicines that treat symptoms such as pain or anxiety.
Watch: the role of pharmacy in public health
Pharmacy Voice worked with the Royal Society for Public Health and ITN productions to create this informative video. Pharmacist Raj Radia and Pharmacy Voice Chief Executive, Rob Darracott discuss public health services offered by community pharmacy which are making a difference to people's lives.
Partnering with local organisations to improve the health of communities
Many community pharmacies across England partner with local organisations on local health initiatives. This may include visits to community centres or attendance local events to help raise awareness of relevant health issues and promote behaviour change. Find out how Day Lewis works at local level.