Guidance needed for STP integration, says NPA
The government should be providing guidance to Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) about the vital role community pharmacy can play in primary care, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has said.
It comes after health ministerÂ Steve Brine, spoke in parliament about the importance of community pharmacies being fully deployed in primary care.
He was asked by Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay, during Health and Social Care Questions about â€œaddressing GP pressure by enhancing the role of community pharmaciesâ€.
The health minister responded by saying: â€œWe know there are benefits to be had from better integrating pharmacists with STPs.
â€œSo through the pharmacy integration fund we are integrating pharmacists into primary care and Iâ€™ve heard very good reportsâ€™ about how thatâ€™s going. We will have 2000 of them in general practice by 2020.
â€œCommunity pharmacies themselves should be integrated through STPs because it is one NHS.â€
Gareth Jones, head of corporate affairs at the NPAÂ said: â€œPharmacies are too often overlooked by STPs. TheÂ NPAÂ calls on GovernmentÂ to provide guidance to STPs on the vital role we play within primary care - and theÂ fantastic insight we can provide in the design of local health services that are fit for the future.
â€œFor our part, we will continue to engage with any enlightened STP and Clinical Commissioning Group that fully recognises the clinical and cost benefits of integrating community pharmacy into their plans.â€