Chair of the RPS in England Thorrun Govind has written to the new Secretary of State for Health Sajid Javid urging him to build on the contribution and leadership shown by the profession during the pandemic and ensure pharmacy continues to be recognised and supported in its important role in the NHS recovery.
Welcoming Mr Javid to his new role, Thorrun praised the commitment of the pharmacy profession to patient care, and the hard work and determination to sustain medicines supply and key services throughout the pandemic. She stated that looking forward, the skills of pharmacists “must be harnessed in strategic and operational approaches to recovery to help reduce pressure on the NHS and manage the backlog of routine clinical care.”
Commenting on the importance of pharmacy’s integration into Integrated Care Systems, Thorrun said “Patients will benefit hugely from pharmacists having a fundamental role in longer term, post pandemic approaches to health care and we must ensure that the role and contribution of pharmacy is well established in every Integrated Care System. This will depend on better integration across care settings, making greater use of pharmacists’ clinical skills, supporting education and training, and boosting public health and prevention to help manage demands on the health service.”
Read the letter to Sajid Javid