Pharmacy Vision: please share your views

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Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund have today shared a summary of themes and  proposals for the future of community pharmacy and they are seeking feedback from community pharmacy stakeholders.

The online survey is the latest opportunity for pharmacy owners, LPCs and others in the sector to engage with our project to develop a Vision for Community Pharmacy.

Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund want to hear your views on their proposals, ahead of the publication of the final report later this year. The vision is critically important, as it will be used to develop the future strategy for the sector and lay the groundwork for the next Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) negotiations.

The survey is asking for your thoughts on key aspects of the vision and its recommendations. The vision has been developed by Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund following an extensive programme of research, interviews and meetings of the vision Steering Group, Advisory Panel, and Working Groups, all of which have pharmacy owners, LPCs and other representatives of the sector at their heart.

The vision project team are looking forward to hearing views from across the sector on their proposals and what will need to happen to make them a reality.

To participate, first read the draft summary slides on the vision report and then answer the questions around:

  • Your interest in and concerns around the proposals;
  • The implementation support needed; and
  • The policy changes required.

You can find out more and see what the questions are, here. Some questions in the survey ask respondents to rank various options, but additional thoughts can also be added in free-text comment boxes. The deadline for responses is 11.59pm on Monday 14th August 2023.

In addition to the survey, we are hosting an online engagement event with Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund on Tuesday 25th July at 7pm. This will allow any pharmacy owners to hear more from the authors of the report and to discuss their proposals:

Click here to register for the online engagement event (registration now closed)

This important project was commissioned by Community Pharmacy England to work towards a better future, laying the ground for the next Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) negotiations which will be critical for the future of all community pharmacies.

We hope that as many pharmacy owners and LPCs as possible get involved to help make sure the final report is one that the whole sector can get behind.

Complete the vision survey

Read the draft summary slides

Learn more about the survey

Read more about the vision project

Commenting on the launch of the latest vision engagement exercise, Community Pharmacy England Chief Executive Janet Morrison said:

“As community pharmacy owners and their teams work tirelessly in the face of a relentless workload and financial pressures, a chink of light in the shape of a £645m investment in service development has appeared. We need to build on that momentum as we edge ever closer to the end of the five-year CPCF.

“Having commissioned Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund to develop a Vision for Community Pharmacy last year, we are eager to see what the sector makes of their proposals and implementation ideas. We need pharmacy owners and LPCs to check the recommendations and tell the project team what works and, more importantly, what doesn’t.

“This vision is critical for the future direction of the sector, so it’s apt that we are launching this final call for feedback at such an important time for healthcare. What we need now is views from the full breadth of community pharmacy so Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund can finalise their recommendations, and we can take this forward with the backing of the whole sector. Only you can help make that vision a reality.”