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Scotland contractors get 3.6 per cent funding boost

The global sum for pharmacy contractors in Scotland will increase by £2.6 million for 2018/19 to £180.96 million

Achieving Excellence welcomed by profession

Pharmacy bodies give thumbs up to Scotland’s latest strategy for the profession with its focus on pharmaceutical care

What might Brexit mean for pharmacy?

Despite recent political changes, community pharmacy could still offer government a neat solution to issues in healthcare, argues community pharmacist Noel Wicks I don’t think I’m alone in being a little shocked at the result of the Brexit vote. Like many, I hadn’t really contemplated the reality of a Leave vote simply because it hadn’t registered as a realistic outcome. This may have been because the general feeling here in Scotland was one of wanting to remain in Europe, as was reflected in the voting statistics. Quite a few people have asked me why Scotland voted the way it did. I don’t think there’s any clear reason why it was so different from elsewhere in the UK. Could it be perhaps that we feel a bit removed from some of the issues that seemed to drive so much of the pre-referendum debate? I’m thinking of things such as immigration and the NHS. While I wouldn’t suggest these aren’t relevant in Scotland, I don’t think they are felt quite so keenly as they are south of the border. Perhaps it was because ‘our Nicola’ was in the vanguard of the Remain campaign and, to many, acquitted herself admirably during the televised debates. Whatever the reason, it seems Scotland may well reconsider its role within the UK, although I do think it needs to be realistic about what the reality of a solo position in Europe might look like.

Could a minor ailments scheme take off in England?

Scotland’s minor ailments service has a lot that’s good about it, says Noel Wicks Some ideas are just so good that they keep coming around again and again. One such idea is that of an English national minor ailments/common ailments service through pharmacies. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that, with costly A&Es bursting at the seams and long waits for doctors’ appointments, a service such as this is the only logical way forward. When you think about it, we already have the infrastructure, the capability and the scope to create the capacity for such a service. I’m sure the amount needed to set up the service would be minimal compared to any other recent national initiatives you care to mention. I appreciate that the ongoing costs of providing this would not be inconsiderable, but, in my opinion, and in relation to the alternatives, it surely can’t represent anything other than value for money. Hopefully, in the near future there will be a sudden outbreak of common sense from the government and by winter 2015 pharmacy really will be the ‘first port of call’ for common conditions.

A good idea for a pharmacy service that would take off

Scotland’s minor ailments service has a lot that’s good about it, says Noel Wicks Some ideas are just so good that they keep coming around again and again. One such idea is that of an English national minor ailments/common ailments service through pharmacies. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that, with costly A&Es bursting at the seams and long waits for doctors’ appointments, a service such as this is the only logical way forward. When you think about it, we already have the infrastructure, the capability and the scope to create the capacity for such a service. I’m sure the amount needed to set up the service would be minimal compared to any other recent national initiatives you care to mention. I appreciate that the ongoing costs of providing this would not be inconsiderable, but, in my opinion, and in relation to the alternatives, it surely can’t represent anything other than value for money.

Facing the future of increased demands for pharmacy

The NHS has declining resources in real terms so pharmacy could be the answer, says Chris Martin Pharmaceutical care services based around the community pharmacy network have been on pharmacy’s service development agenda since around 2005. In the almost 10 years since then, this concept has developed to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the attitudes of local commissioners – and in some cases, on which side of Hadrian’s Wall or Offa’s Dyke you are located. Today the NHS across Britain faces the task of meeting increasing demand for services with declining resources in real terms. As a result, pharmaceutical care and its potential to release the underutilised resource of the community pharmacy network has once again become the currency of negotiation and lobby. You just need to read strategy documents, such as Scotland’s Prescription for Excellence or Wales’ public health consultation document ‘Listening to You’ or to digest the minutes of the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme and its work on rethinking the supervision legislation in pharmacy, to see that the country’s health departments all have developing pharmacy very much on their minds.

Scotland's prescription for pharmacy

The Scottish Government’s 10-year vision for pharmacy is seen as groundbreaking by many

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