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RPS Wales Policy Vision 2016
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has launched its Policy Vision for Wales to help shape the party political manifestos for the 2016 Welsh Election. Steps to Better Health and Wellbeing calls upon the key political parties in Wales to improve access to services for patients and build capacity in the NHS by harnessing the skills of the pharmacy profession.
The Policy Vision outlines that the full potential of the pharmacy profession is not being utilised in Wales and argues for a change to the current model of pharmacy delivery. RPS Wales is calling for commitment in Wales to fully realise the potential of the pharmacy profession in improving access to care and reducing pressures on other parts of the health service including General Practice and Accident and Emergency departments.
Three calls to action are being made:
- To establish a pharmacy led-Welsh Chronic Medication Service
- To permit pharmacist access to individual health records
- To fully integrate pharmacist expertise into NHS multidisciplinary teams
These issues are being highlighted by RPS Wales as critical steps to bring about positive change in the way patients can access a health professional for advice and support.
Utilising the medicines expertise of pharmacists in the treatment of people with chronic conditions is a particular need in Wales. A specific pharmacy-based chronic medication service is a key solution to meeting the increasing needs of people with chronic conditions and the ageing population. By accessing a pharmacist who is able to prescribe and adjust medicines as part of routine care, patients with chronic conditions will be supported and coached to get the most from their medication regime. As part of a shared arrangement with GPs, this service will help to increase access to care for patients, utilise the expertise of pharmacists and build capacity in the health system. It will also contribute to solutions to address the increasing pressures on GP services and reducing medicines related emergency admissions to hospital.
Chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board, Suzanne Scott-Thomas said: “We are pleased to launch our Policy Vision for Wales in the run up to the Welsh Election. Steps to Better Health and Wellbeing underlines the importance of harnessing the skills of the pharmacy profession and their expertise in medicines. We are looking for commitment from the political parties in Wales to push these changes forward to improve patient safety, increase access to services and to help build capacity by ensuring all health professionals can work at the top of their game”.
RPS Wales are currently engaging with the Welsh political parties to outline the benefits of fully implementing calls to action of Steps to Better Health and Wellbeing.