PAGB welcomes NICE quality standard on community pharmacy promoting health and wellbeing

Published on: 28th August 2020

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NICE has published a quality standard on community pharmacy promoting health and wellbeing.

It describes high quality care in priority areas for improvement, including:

Commenting on the NICE quality standard regarding community pharmacy, Donna Castle, Executive Director of Policy for PAGB, the consumer healthcare association, notes:

“PAGB welcomes the publication of this NICE quality standard. Pharmacists are expert heath care professionals on the high street, ideally placed to provide self-care advice and treatment for self-treatable conditions.

“Results from a recent survey we independently commissioned show that post-lockdown more people are willing to visit their pharmacy. Almost one in three people (31%) who would not have visited a pharmacy for advice before seeking help elsewhere said they were more likely to do so following the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost seven out of ten respondents (69%) who might not have considered self- care as their first option before the pandemic said they were more likely to likely to do so in future.”

PAGB believes pharmacy should be a core part of the primary care team and pharmacists should be empowered to fulfil this vital role. In particular we believe that:

Donna Castle adds:

“We welcome the recognition of the important role of pharmacy in the new NICE quality standard and the value in integrating community pharmacy into primary care pathways. Community pharmacies are at the heart of communities and should be seen as the most appropriate place to access effective self care information and advice.”

1 The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) was launched on 29th October 2019 as an Advanced Service in England which connects patients who have a minor illness or need an urgent supply of a medicine with a community pharmacy. The CPCS takes referrals to community pharmacy from the NHS 111 telephone line (and NHS 111 online only for requests for urgent medicine supply)

 

PAGB welcomes NICE quality standard on community pharmacy promoting health and wellbeing

 

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