Pharmacy Voice, in collaboration with Pfizer Healthy Partnerships, released the third edition of their best practice publication ‘Talking Point’. The document focuses on how community pharmacies can work most effectively with other primary and secondary care providers, and includes examples of community pharmacists and their teams working alongside their colleagues in GP practices, hospitals, care homes and other settings to improve the efficiency and safety of services, enhance patients’ experience and achieve better outcomes.
The publication showcases how the future vision for a fully integrated community pharmacy network, presented in the Community Pharmacy Forward View, is already being tested and implemented by pharmacy teams across the country. It provides useful tips for building successful partnerships with other healthcare professionals and directs readers to other resources for additional advice and information.
Launched in September 2015, Talking Point is a series of publications showcasing some of the great programmes, initiatives and individuals working to continually improve quality and outcomes across the community pharmacy network.
Rob Darracott, Pharmacy Voice Chief Executive commented:
“The third issue of Talking Point comes at a time when pressure is mounting on the NHS and local government. Through the development and implementation of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, health and care leaders across the country are being asked to dramatically improve quality, outcomes, efficiency and productivity in services that are increasingly overstretched, with some now struggling to maintain standards and many facing major challenges in recruiting and retaining their workforce.
“While community pharmacy leaders clearly don’t have all the answers to these challenges, they can help to identify potential solutions. They certainly want to play a role alongside their colleagues in delivering the vision of a high quality, thriving NHS set out two and a half years ago in the Five Year Forward View (5YFV). In this issue, therefore, we are delighted to showcase some of the many different ways in which community pharmacies are already playing their part in the integration of local services, and to highlight what more they could do.”
You can view previous issues of the Talking Point here