Implementing Pharmacy First: Webinar series launched

Community Pharmacy England will be hosting a series of webinars to help pharmacy owners and their teams to prepare for the new Pharmacy First service, and changes to the Contraception and Hypertension Case-Finding Services.

Over the last couple of weeks, a huge amount of information, guidance and resources have been published on the service developments announced following the Recovery Plan negotiations and further documentation and resources are still to come.

Pharmacy owners and their teams will need to absorb this as part of preparing to start providing, or expand their offering of, these services. To guide them on this journey, we are organising a series of webinars through December and January, with support from NHS England and the Centre for Postgraduate Education (CPPE).

The webinars will provide more detail on the individual services announced, talking attendees through how they will operate and things to consider when getting set up to provide them. Each webinar will be led by our Services Team and will have policy experts from NHS England and CPPE as speakers.

Whilst primarily aimed at pharmacy owners and their teams, these webinars will be open to anyone with an interest in the provision of the services.


Pharmacy Contraception Service: Initiating contraception (Watch the recorded webinar)

Tuesday 5th December 2023, 7-8.30pm

This webinar is aimed at helping pharmacy teams who are already providing the service to expand their offering to include initiating contraception.

We will focus on the new elements of the service, looking at the requirements, training options and the resources available to support pharmacy owners and their teams.

A pharmacist who has been involved in the pilot of the service will also be on hand to share their experiences and top tips.


Pharmacy First: Getting to know the service (Watch the recorded webinar)

Wednesday 13th December 2023, 7-8.30pm

This webinar is intended to provide the initial launch information for the Pharmacy First service, outlining the core details and how the service will work.

We will explain the process used to develop the clinical pathways and PGDs, work through one of the clinical pathways, explore the learning and development requirements, and describe the accompanying digital systems which are in development.

David Webb, the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England will also be speaking at the event.


Hypertension Case-Finding Service (Watch the recorded webinar)

Wednesday 3rd January 2024, 7-8.30pm

This webinar is aimed at helping pharmacy teams who are already providing the service to review the way they provide it, including making greater use of the whole pharmacy team within its provision.

We will also focus on how to make sure as many eligible patients as possible take up the offer to have ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM).

During the webinar, we will provide a brief review of the service requirements, then discuss the changes to the service from 1st December 2023, including how to make best use of the pharmacy team.

A pharmacy owner will talk about how they have maximised use of skill mix within their team and a pharmacist, who has been successful in recruiting patients to have ABPM, will also join us to share their experiences and top tips.


Pharmacy Contraception Service: getting going with the service (Watch the recorded webinar)

Wednesday 10th January 2024, 7-8.30pm 

This webinar is aimed at helping pharmacy teams who have not yet started to provide the service to get ready to offer it to their patients.

We will review the service and its requirements, explore the learning and development requirements for pharmacists providing the service and the resources available to support its provision.

A pharmacist who has been involved in the pilot of the service will also be on hand to share their experiences and top tips.


Pharmacy First: Getting ready for launch (Watch the recorded webinar)

Monday 15th January 2024, 7-8.30pm

This webinar will focus on how to get ready to launch the service, building on the content of the December webinar and providing further practical information.

We will provide a brief reminder of the service requirements, followed by a review of the resources available to pharmacy owners and their teams to support provision of the service.

An update on development of the digital systems to support the service will be provided and we will hear from a pharmacist who has experience of providing similar locally commissioned PGD services and their tips on how to conduct consultations.

We will also focus on answering the frequently raised questions and issues since the first webinar in December, alongside answering questions from attendees.


Book your place now

Registration for these events needs to be made in advance, with bookings to close at noon on the day of each event. Registrations may close earlier if we reach the maximum number of attendees for the event.

The webinars will be recorded and following the events, the recording will be made available via our website for people to watch on-demand.

Pharmacy Contraception Service: Initiating contraception (Tuesday 5th December 2023, 7-8.30pm)

Pharmacy First: Getting to know the service (Wednesday 13th December 2023, 7-8.30pm)

Hypertension Case-Finding Service (Wednesday 3rd January 2024, 7-8.30pm)

Pharmacy Contraception Service: getting going with the service (Wednesday 10th January 2024, 7-8.30pm)

Pharmacy First: Getting ready for launch (Monday 15th January 2024 7-8.30pm)