Promoting community pharmacy

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that there will be a General Election on June 8th 2017.

The election campaign is an important chance for community pharmacy to ensure that its voice is being heard and that future MPs understand the value that pharmacy teams provide to the NHS, patients and wider society. It is also a chance to highlight the potential that pharmacies have for creating significant savings and providing additional care if commissioners better utilised their skills.

This website has been designed as a campaign hub for those working in community pharmacy. It brings together a range of resources produced by the various national pharmacy organisations, including a number of flyers and information sources for Parliamentary Candidates.

Click here to find out how you can get involved.

Click here if you are a Parliamentary Candidate looking for information about community pharmacy.

If you are engaging with Parliamentary Candidates at a local level, don’t forget to tweet using the hashtag #pharmacy17 and you can tell us how can get on using the Contact Us page.

The community pharmacy pledge

Throughout the General Election campaign period we hope to engage positively with Parliamentary Candidates across all parties, to tell them about the value of community pharmacy and how we can best be used to help patients, the NHS and wider society.

We will be asking candidates to sign up to this simple pledge:

I pledge to back community pharmacies

We will also be sharing with candidates our visions for the future of community pharmacy, as set in this shared policy statement:

Often the first port of call for advice and treatment, local pharmacists and their teams are a key part of your neighbourhood health service. Community pharmacies provide a range of NHS services, ensure people can get face-to-face care without an appointment, and take pressure off GPs and hospitals.

With consistent support from government, community pharmacists can do much more to:

  • Take pressure off GPs and hospitals
  • Make access to NHS care more convenient
  • Help people with long-term conditions
  • Promote public health services
  • Get better value from medicines
  • Save the NHS money

That is why we are asking candidates in the coming General Election to show their support for pharmacy. #pharmacy17

Click here for additional resources on the future of community pharmacy and campaigning tools.