Future of pharmacy animation

Published on: 30th April 2019 | Updated on: 30th May 2023

In 2019 we England has developed an animation explaining how community pharmacy will fit into the NHS of the future.

The animation not only showcases the sector to stakeholders, but also describes the transformation that community pharmacy will undertake.

Sharing the animation

LPCs and pharmacy teams are encouraged to share the animation with local commissioners, politicians, charities and patient groups but, on social media, please use the hashtag #futureofpharmacy.

Resources list

This list has been created to help contractors start working towards the four action points given at the end of the animation.

Click on an action below to reveal more information and suggested resources.

1. Start a conversation with other local pharmacies about how to collaborate within PCNs

The first thing contractors and their teams need to do is understand Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Visit our PCNs webpage for an explanation of what PCNs are and their role in the NHS.

If you are an LPC member or officer, you may find our Presentation providing an introduction to PCNs for use at contractor meeting to be useful in addressing this topic with your contractors.

2. Together with other pharmacies and your LPC, talk to local GPs about their plans for the future

Community Pharmacy England recommends using the ‘Walk in my Shoes’ toolkit to bring together community pharmacy teams and GP practice teams to help each other understand their roles, improve working relationships and ultimately provide better care for their patients.

Further guidance and resources to help community pharmacy teams work more closely with general practices can be found on our Working with GPs webpage.

3. Take all opportunities for further training and to provide services

NHS England is funding the provision of post-registration training for community pharmacists through several universities. This training can be access via Health Education England.

Other fully funded workforce education and development programmes can be found on our Pharmacy Integration Programme/Fund (PhIF) webpage.

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) offers a range of creative learning opportunities from courses on providing pharmacy services to leadership development programmes.

Speak to your LPC to find out if any local training events are available.

4. Make contact with your LPC

Find contact details for your LPC via the LPC Online Portal. Community Pharmacy England recommends that you subscribe to your LPC’s mailing list, if available.

If you are an LPC member or officer, view our PCN resources and guidance webpage for ways for LPCs can support contractor engagement in the networks.

For further support, please visit our PCN resources and guidance webpage.