Shaping the future of pharmacy in England
The Innovators' Forum, set up in response to the Now or Never report, has created a hospital-to-community referral toolkit; inspired by one of the innovations featured in the report.
The following are the key five campaigns which the RPS will pursue as we work to shape pharmacy for the future and improve patient care in England through pharmacy:
Improving urgent and emergency care through better use of pharmacists
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) believes that pharmacists are an underutilised resource in the delivery of better urgent and emergency care for patients.
Pharmacists improving care in care homes
The Society believes that better utilisation of pharmacists’ skills in care homes will bring significant benefits to care home residents, care homes providers and the NHS.
Pharmacists and GP surgeries
The RPS believes that primary care patients should have the benefit of a pharmacist’s clinical expertise similar to that currently experienced by patients in hospital.
Pharmacist-led care of people with long term conditions
We believe that utilising pharmacist led care of people with long term conditions will deliver cost-effective services that will bring significant results to patients and the NHS.
Pharmacist access to the patient health record
The RPS believes that all pharmacists should have full read and write access to the patient health record in the interest of high quality, safe and effective patient care.
About Future models of care
In November 2013 the Royal Pharmaceutical Society launched a commission into new models of care through pharmacy. This resulted in the Now or Never: Shaping Pharmacy for the Future report. It highlighted that people across England should expect pharmacists to offer more than just medicines and they should play a more integrated role in the healthcare system.
The Now or Never report was the first step in a drive to achieve real change for patients and create high quality services at locations that are most convenient for them.
We have spent the months since the publication of Now or Never looking at how the recommendations of the report can be realised and where pharmacy can have the biggest impact on improving patient care and help the NHS meet the challenge of increased demand from patients for high quality and accessible healthcare in a time of constrained resources.