The National Association of Primary Care has today (23 July) welcomed the new five-year deal set out in the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework: 2019 to 2024.
Dr Minesh Patel, Chair, NAPC, said: “We welcome the settlement of almost £13 billion over the next five years for the expansion of community pharmacy, as announced in the new contractual framework agreement.
“Community pharmacies continue to play a vital role in supporting the health and care needs of their populations and relieving system pressure. They are integral to primary care networks, and, as shown by primary care homes, much can be achieved by community pharmacies playing a stronger role in care communities.
“Our guide to community pharmacy integration within primary care homes shows what is possible by expanding the role community pharmacies and partnering with them in networks. We have seen PCHs join forces with their community pharmacies on flu vaccination campaigns and achieve better overall outcomes, develop an integrated approach to managing patients with long-term conditions and work together to reduce polypharmacy in older patients.
“Community pharmacy continues to face numerous challenges just like other parts of primary care. However, this new deal will support the expansion of community pharmacy services and better utilise the expertise of this highly skilled workforce. It will enable community pharmacists to play a key clinical role at the heart of the new primary care landscape.”
The PCH model was launched in 2015. It was the original primary care network (PCN) which has informed national PCN policy. PCNs are now being developed across England as part of the five-year GP contract and NHS Long Term Plan.
There are currently more than 240 PCH sites across the country, covering 10 million patients. NAPC has worked with Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems, spreading the model to one fifth of the health and care system. For more information about the PCH model click here.