Pharmacy and the Long-Term Plan
Pharmacists' medical expertise will be crucial in delivering NHS England's Long-Term Plan over the next decade.
With £20 billion of funding allocated over five years, NHS England want organisations to work in partnership, to coordinate healthcare.
To get the most health benefit and the best value from medicines the NHS needs to support a system-wide approach to medicines optimisation.
This will be a challenge. Governance frameworks need to be established and local pharmacy leaders supported.
Some frameworks are already in place, such as Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs), Integrated Care Systems (ICS), Integrated Care Alliances (ICA), Primary Care Homes (PCH) and Primary Care Networks (PCN).
But, whatever terminology is used, local health and care leaders working together will ultimately decide how the NHS works in future, and pharmacists must be at the heart of these discussions.
Find out more in our new resource on pharmacy system leadership.
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