Professional bodies have welcomed the publication of an independent community pharmacy clinical services review from Richard Murray, director of policy at the King’s Fund.
Some key elements of the long-awaited report, which was comissioned by NHS England, include recommendations that:
Other recommendations include:
The report concludes that “there needs to be renewed efforts to make the most of the existing clinical services that community pharmacy can provide and to do so at pace. This may require national action through the national contractual framework, as well action at local level.”
Dr Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer, commented: “This is a useful report which... points the way to a more clinical future for community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The NHS locally and nationally will want to consider many of the ideas the report lays out.”
This report points the way to a more clinical future