After a briefing in Westminster, Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, accepted an offer from the RPS of a constituency pharmacy visit to explore some of the issues that were mentioned. The visit was hosted jointly with Hendra's at Penryn Pharmacy.
The visit provided a fantastic opportunity to show Ms Newton the NHS England pharmacists in GP surgeries pilot, as the pharmacy was attached to a pilot site. The Penryn Surgery is a group of surgeries across 4 different areas that collectively form one of the 73 pilot sites, and will involve a senior pharmacist overseeing a number of junior pharmacists as they seek to improve the pharmaceutical care provision across the patient list area. Hendra's pharmacy is closely involved with this project, with the superintendent pharmacist being employed at the Penryn Surgery, and facilitating close co-operation between all the healthcare professions in the area.
In particular, Sarah was very supportive of the upcoming RPS campaign on care homes, and "very interested" in pharmacy's role in providing high quality care to the elderly.