In December 2016, the NPA gave notice that it would leave Pharmacy Voice at the end of 2017. This triggered a clause in Pharmacy Voice’s governing documents which prevents the organisation continuing without all three of its founding members. As a result, the Pharmacy Voice Board has since been making plans for its closure, and the transfer of its representative activities back to its constituent member associations.
We can now confirm these processes will be complete by the end of March, and the Pharmacy Voice office will close at the end of April. Subject to legal requirements and timings, the organisation will be formally wound-up over the Summer.
The three trade association members of Pharmacy Voice – the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIM), the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) and the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) – will continue to work together on key sector-wide work streams previously delivered by Pharmacy Voice. In particular, PV’s patient safety work, and the hosting of the community pharmacy Medication Safety Officer (MSO) Group, will be taken on by the CCA; the associations have also resolved that cross-sector work on community pharmacy IT and workforce development will be co-ordinated by the NPA and CCA respectively.
The associations have also agreed to continue providing a unified approach on other matters where their interests align, with a particular focus on delivering the vision set out in the Community Pharmacy Forward View. Key stakeholders have been informed of these plans, as appropriate, and the transfer of representational responsibilities, including where Pharmacy Voice staff have held membership of key NHS and Government groups and committees, has been initiated.
Some members of Pharmacy Voice staff will be transferring, to either the CCA or NPA respectively, on 1 April 2017. Other members of staff are being made redundant as a result of the closure and will leave over the next few weeks.