The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has launched a new campaign to improve the care of people with long-term conditions through the better use of pharmacists in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Society believes that as the third largest health profession in the UK, the skills and expertise of pharmacists must be maximised within the multidisciplinary team to provide the best care for patients, or the NHS risks being unable to meet the unprecedented increase in demand for its services. An average one in three people across Great Britain have at least one long-term condition. Caring for them accounts for around 50 per cent of GP appointments and approximately 70 per cent of the health and social care budget across the country.
The Society has published policy documents in England, Scotland and Wales that focus on how the role of the pharmacist can be enhanced to prevent, identify, treat and support people with long-term conditions and has made four key calls to action:
Commenting on the launch, Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of RPS Wales, said: “The challenge of meeting the demands of long-term conditions has brought together a coalition of support to move this agenda forward. This policy has been developed to instigate action at national and local levels and marks the start of our commitment to improving care for patients with long-term conditions. We look forward to working with our colleagues and translating their support and goodwill into meaningful change for patients and the NHS.”
The RPS launched its campaign in Wales at the 6th Annual Medicines Safety Conference. A separate Parliamentary event on the 30 November at the House of Commons will mark the launch in England with further activity in Scotland on 1 December at the RPS Board Strategy Day.