New services plan for Northern Ireland pharmacies

Latest

New services plan for Northern Ireland pharmacies

In Latest

NI health minister Robin Swann announced his support for the plan

Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann has announced his support for a service commissioning plan for community pharmacies in 2021-22. 

The plan was agreed by the Department of Health working with the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and sector negotiator Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland (CPNI).

It focuses on services relating to the safe supply and use of medicines, vaccinations, minor ailments, and support for care home and end of life patients. It will also include services based on activities that promote physical and mental health in the community. 

Following a meeting yesterday (April 19) with the HSCB and CPNI, Mr Swann said the 2021-22 plan “builds on the agreement reached on last year and provides a coherent structure for the provision of community pharmacy services over the next 12 months”.

He said pharmacies “have been playing a pivotal role in delivering health services to communities in Northern Ireland during the pandemic,” commenting on the “very high level of public confidence in the professionalism and dedication shown by community pharmacies”.

CPNI chief Gerard Greene said: “Community pharmacy will play a central role in the rebuilding of the health service as we start to emerge from Covid and it is significant to have ministerial, health service and community pharmacy support for this as well. This is another positive day for patients and the services they will receive from their local community pharmacy.”

Chief pharmaceutical officer Cathy Harrison said: “Community pharmacies are the most accessible part of our health and social care service. This year’s agreement recognises the valued contribution that pharmacists and pharmacy staff in local communities have made and continue to make to the Covid pandemic response and recovery. Its delivery will help ensure that the public will be able to avail of high quality professional advice and services from pharmacies across Northern Ireland.”

Joe Brogan, head of pharmacy and medicines management at the HSCB said: “Through the 2021-22 commissioning plan we have agreed, we wish to expand and develop services that not only respond to the health needs of our community but also develop interventions which improve health and wellbeing using the excellent resource that we have in our pharmacies.”

Record my learning outcomes

Latest

Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing

Share:

More like this

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Brexit: Manufacturers told to stockpile once more

DHSC is once again asking suppliers to stockpile 6 weeks' supply of medicines.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Medicines reconciliation 'prevents hospital readmission'

Medicines reconciliation could become an essential service in the 2020-21 community pharmacy contractual framework.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

RPS: Government must act on second BAME Covid report

EPB chair Claire Anderson urges the government to “urgently” act on a report on Covid-19`s impact on BAME communities.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Future-proof pilot

HEIW launch a two-year apprenticeship Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician Training Programme. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Packaging for the planet

Optibac Probiotics has unveiled a major brand and packaging refresh to align with the company’s wider sustainability efforts.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Contract talks start for 2021-22 after Covid delays

Formal talks on contractual arrangements for the 2021-22 funding year have kicked off between PSNC, NHS England and the DH. 

2 Min Article

Recommended Learning

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored modules

Supporting customers to sleep better

Explore the rotating pack shot to find out more about Nytol Liquid Caramel Flavour, a clinically-proven alternative to sleeping tablets, and understand how you can support customers to sleep better.

5 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored modules

Advising customers of a unique formulation for a blocked and runny nose from colds

Understand the differences between topical medication for nasal symptoms of the common cold, and topical medication for ongoing nasal problems

25 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored modules

Skincare training for pharmacy

Delve into dry skin management and understand how you can make a difference to customers looking for advice, support and product recommendations to help manage their compromised skin.

21 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored modules

Constipation: Making effective recommendations

Learn how to help customers with constipation and find out how even brief conversations can have a positive influence on their health. 

15 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored modules

Challenge your thinking on warts and verrucas

Discover different treatment options for warts and verruas and when to recommend them to your customers, based on their individual needs

17 Min Module

Sponsored modules

Acute diarrhoea: effective symptom management

This module busts the myths surrounding diarrhoea treatments and explores the products available OTC so you can recommend the right treatment.

10 Min Module