The English Pharmacy Board wants to better understand the changes happening on the ground as a result of new emerging NHS structures, functions and responsibilities and how these changes are continuing to affect colleagues working in the primary care sector in England.
Primary Care pharmacists are an essential part of our profession, experiencing these changes first hand. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society needs to gather your views on the changes you are facing to enable us to refine and extend the support we can provide to you during these challenging times.
Following on from the survey we carried out in October last year, we would now ask you to update us on the current situation by taking part in the new Commissioning and Provider surveys.
After the survey results are in, we will be holding a targeted focus group in November to gain additional qualitative information on the current situation in primary care.
The Commissioning survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GNFWW5B) survey is aimed at medicines management / optimisation lead pharmacists now working for commissioning organisations, such as a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), a Commissioning Support Services (CSS) organisation, a PCT Cluster, a Specialised Commissioning Group (SCG), an SHA Cluster or the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB).
Please complete the survey if you are currently involved in delivering commissioning-related medicines management / optimisation services in primary care.
The Provider survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GN3TGMT) should be completed by those who provide medicines-related support services to primary care. For example, the delivery of community health services from dedicated provider trusts, acute mental health trusts etc or delivery of GP practice-based services, whether directly employed by GP Practices, or within a PCT, Trust or other organisation.
Please complete this survey if you provide the types of services described above to the primary care NHS, even if you operate these from another NHS, or non-NHS setting. If components of your services have moved to another provider, please also forward this survey for them to complete as well.
The closing date for both surveys is Wednesday 7 Nov 2012.
Please note: due to the current rapid pace and scale of change continuing to affect primary care pharmacy, we plan to carry out a further update survey in April 2013.
Please circulate this to any pharmacist colleagues who are working in primary care