The Director for
Public Health introduced a report to update and identify any
further opportunities to support community pharmacy services across
Wolverhampton. The Director for Public Health introduced Katie
Spence – Consultant in Public Health and Jeff Blankley
– Chair of the Wolverhampton Local Pharmaceutical Committee
to the Panel.
provided a presentation to the Panel.
There were 74
community pharmacies in Wolverhampton providing a range of
services, from dispensing medicines and self-care support through
to public health promotion. NHS England
commissioned community pharmacies, with CCGs, public health departments and others
commissioning specific additional services.
In December 2015,
the government announced that funding for community pharmacies in
2016/17 would be reduced by £170 million. The cut was a
reduction of more than 6% in cash terms.
It had been
expected that the reduction would be implemented in October
2016, however after the change of
Government (post-Brexit), pharmacy minister announced that the
proposed funding reduction would not be implemented.
It was thought that
there was a lack of understanding in relation to pharmacies and
Officers were keen to communication to members of the public what
was on offer. It was stated that many pharmacies already operated
with a 7 day a week mind-set with some also opening late. The
training to become a pharmacist took 5 years and it was thought
that one of the roles of the pharmacist was to help treat people
before they became unwell.
The Panel queried
what action the pharmacist could take if they became aware of
customers consistently purchasing non-prescription medication such
as paracetamol. Officers stated that in
circumstances such as this the Pharmacist could refer the customer
to the GP and had the ability to refuse to make the sale. Officers
stated that there was a requirement for a pharmacist to be present
on the premise and that they had a duty of care towards the
The Panel also
considered whether leaflets could be distributed to customers
providing detailed information regarding services the Pharmacy
could provide. Officers stated that this was possible and that
leaflets were already distributed to diabetic patients providing
them with information such as getting their eyes tested.
Members queried whether an early warning
system could be provided in relation to pharmacies that were
particularly stressed financially or under risk so that
preparations could be made if they were going to close.
The Panel agreed that the idea of the Healthy
Living Pharmacy was good and that work was needed to build on
promotion and inform people who did not normally use a pharmacy of
what was on offer and encourage them to use the services. Members
encouraged the idea of self-care. The Director for Public Health
agreed and stated that it was important for the pharmacy service to
link and align with other services so
that it did not become isolated.
The Panel queried how the work was being
tracked and it was stated that each piece of work was being
monitored differently and that each ...
view the full minutes text for item 5.