RPS in Scotland responds to call to evidence on prevention

The RPS in Scotland has published its response to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee’s call for evidence on prevention. Despite support for preventative services across all parties, the committee noted that public sector reform has been ‘extremely’ slow. It was interested in hearing views on the progress being made in reforming Scotland’s public services and delivering the decisive shift towards prevention.
RPS in Scotland believes that there is an underuse of the resources available within the pharmacy profession in contributing to the public health prevention agenda. Our submission provides further detail and background regarding current issues affecting preventative services in a pharmacy setting. We have made five key recommendations for committee members to consider:
  • Recognition that in the transformation of primary care, there must be pharmacist representation on community planning partnerships and health and social care partnerships.
  • Pharmaceutical public health should be an integral part of primary care using analysis of available data which allows interventions to be targeted at areas of highest need as part of a focused health and social care integrated approach.
  • Pharmaceutical Service Care Plans need to be improved and become recognised working documents to identify gaps in services.
  • One single patient health record where all essential information is stored and all registered health and social care professionals involved in the patient journey to have appropriate access to the patient health record with the patient or their designated carer's explicit consent.
  • Changes in business models are required, freeing up pharmacists time to provide the quality pharmaceutical care required to prevent drug related events with increased cross sector working and better communication between both systems and personnel.
Our Practice and Policy Lead, Aileen Bryson MRPharmS, said: “We want the Finance committee to have a clear understanding of the important, yet under-utilised, role that pharmacists play in delivering preventative services. Pharmacists’ unique expertise in medicines is integral to helping patients manage long term conditions and make informed decisions about their health, improving patient safety and public health outcomes. The pharmacy team across community, hospital and GP practices must have input into emerging primary care hubs to ensure that their skills are fully utilised to improve the health of people in Scotland.”