Why we are consulting on closer working between pharmacists and general practice

The RPS and the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) are consulting with stakeholders from across pharmacy, general practice, patients groups and the wider NHS to explore opportunities for better integration between pharmacists and general practice to improve patient care.

The two organisations believe the current pressures in primary care access, coupled with increasing demand and the squeeze on finances mean the time is right to think differently about how NHS primary care provision could better meet the needs of patients and the public.

Proposals we are consulting on include developing new schemes and programmes that could increase collaboration between general practitioners and community pharmacists.

In this podcast interview with Jane McCormick from the RPS communications team, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Ash Soni, explains why it is important that all stakeholders involved with delivering or receiving primary care engage with the RPS/NAPC consultation. Ash also outlines how the results will be used to influence current debate around future strategy.

Interested individuals and groups have until October 9 to respond to the ‘Improving patient care through better general practice and community pharmacy’ consultation which you find on the RPS website.

More information about the RPS/ NAPC consultation on integration of community pharmacy and general practice.