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New strategy on improving and integrating pharmacy services


The Scottish Government has released its plan to strengthen the role of pharmacy in both hospital and the community. 

‘Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care’ aims to transform the role of pharmacy across all areas of practice, increase capacity, and offer the best possible person-centred care. 

The Scottish Government’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Rose Marie Parr launched the new strategy while visiting the pharmacy team within the GP practice at Port Glasgow Health Centre and the community pharmacy team at M&D Green Pharmacy in Port Glasgow, one of the sites where the extended Minor Ailment Service is being piloted in Inverclyde. 

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: 

“This strategy is a vital part of our efforts to transform primary care, enabling more people to be treated at home or in the community and easing pressure on other services. 

“It sets out our priorities for improvements over the next five years – helping to deliver our commitment that every GP practice will have access to a pharmacist with advanced clinical skills by 2021.” 

Dr Parr said: 

“Pharmacy teams in both hospital and the community already play an important role in the provision of NHS services. 

“In the community, we are making good progress in promoting local pharmacies as the first port of call for our most common healthcare needs and I want to encourage more people to see them as their initial point of care. Coupled with the commitment to transform hospital pharmacy services, I believe this strategy will support our ambition to deliver world-class pharmaceutical care. 

“The commitments and actions in this strategy will help the public and professions alike realise the true value that pharmacy can bring to our communities and daily lives.” 

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is developing and delivering a comprehensive education and training programme.

Professor Anne Watson, Postgraduate Pharmacy Dean said: 

“We need to equip pharmacists to deliver high quality clinical care in all settings, through independent prescribing and advanced clinical skills. We will be developing our learning pathway for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in general practice, and implementing clinically-focused training programmes for newly qualified pharmacists working in all sectors." 

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