New RPS briefing ensures pharmacy is heard and understood by STPs

This new RPS briefing explains the role of pharmacy in secondary care

Health professionals across the country have struggled to engage with Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs).  These partnerships between local NHS organisations and councils are responsible for drawing up proposals to improve health and care in the areas they serve. Of the £3.5 billion of new capital funding announced in this week’s budget for the NHS, £2.6 billion will be used to support the implementation of STP schemes that improve local ability to meet demand for local services.

The RPS strongly believes pharmacists must be brought into the development plans of STPs to enable them to identify where they can add value and improve quality of care.  Pharmacy Minister Steve Brine commented at the last All Party Pharmacy Group Meeting that he is also keen to see pharmacists more involved.

RPS has been working to open doors for pharmacy to ensure that the benefits the profession can bring are better understood. 

Our new briefing sent by NHS England to all the 44 STPs in England outlines how pharmacists can provide solutions to some of the issues facing secondary care and improve care pathways.  This follows on from our briefing earlier this year which focused on the impact pharmacists can have in primary care settings. The briefing can be used with STPs to outline key leverage points for involving pharmacy in secondary care pathways. 

You can also take part in a free webinar on 11 December 2017 at 7pm on how pharmacists can engage with STPs.