Several pharmacy bodies have come together to form the Community Pharmacy Supervision Practice Group and have agreed on joint aims and ambitions for the group.
The group’s aims are to determine the most appropriate way to optimise patient safety by:
- Making the pharmacist more accessible to the public in a community pharmacy.
- Maximising the skills of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the wider team and their contributions to patient care.
- Enabling the deployment of modern technologies in new models of service delivery.
The group brings together, into one forum, a wide variety of views and perspectives, to move forward on the basis of consensus across the community pharmacy sector and its stakeholders.
It met for the first time on 28th September.
Membership includes AIM, CCA, NPA, RPS, APTUK, PDA and Pharmacy Forum NI. GPhC, PSNI and DHSC attend as observers.
The group has said that the evolution of pharmacy practice will be thoroughly considered and inclusive of a varied range of valuable stakeholders, including front-line pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other members of the pharmacy team. As such, the group will be engaging with the sector and providing updates as the work develops. The group will also secure a suitable Chair who can work with the sector to deliver a vision for future pharmacy practice.