East Sussex LPC’s work to campaign for community pharmacy

The campaign for community pharmacy is being coordinated by the national pharmacy organisations and you may have heard about the petitions, press coverage and supportyourlocalpharmacy website. The campaign is gathering momentum and East Sussex LPC has been supporting it.

Campaign for Community Pharmacy – What has East Sussex LPC done to support contractors and promote the value of community pharmacy?


September 2016 

East Sussex LPC hosts stands at both Membership Engagement and Learning events for GPs and nurses in Hastings and Eastbourne to promote the value of community pharmacy and establish links with locality multidisciplinary teams and social care navigators.

August 2016       

Meeting with Brighton and Hove HWB Chair to discuss the potential cuts to community pharmacy and the value of community pharmacy as a community asset.

Chemist and Druggist Article features local councils joining the campaign to fight funding cuts:  The NPA plans to engage with local councils on a “bigger, industrial scale” in the near future, after several reached out to ask what they can do to help in their areas, it told C+D on Wednesday (August 24).  Hastings Borough Council and Kent County Council are among the local authorities to have laid down motions, while a councillor at Newcastle City Council “has inquired about a motion”, the NPA confirmed.  http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/local-councils-join-campaign-fight-funding-cuts

July 2016

Raised awareness of the potential cuts and DH proposals with Hastings Borough Council by organising and facilitating for Cllr Peter Chowney, Hastings Borough Council Lead to visit two community pharmacies in Hastings.  Provided follow up briefings with additional discussions with Councillors.  Subsequently a proposal for a council motion to support community pharmacy was approved.

This was followed by a press article published in the Hastings Observer, Bexhill Observer and Rye and Battle Observer entitled “Cuts to pharmacies are ill-conceived”.  Quotations from LPC Chair and LPC Business Support Manager included.

June 2016

East Sussex LPC hosted stands at both public facing East Sussex Better Together events in Hastings and Eastbourne to engage with patient groups and promote the value of community pharmacy.

East Sussex LPC Co-hosted a stand with BHCC Public health and local health champions to promote community pharmacy and HLPs -at the Best of Health public facing event in Brighton and Hove.

May 2016

East Sussex LPC responded to the Hub and Spoke Consultation

Response_form_HMR2016 (1) East Sussex LPC Hub and Spoke Consultation

East Sussex LPC responded to Community Pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond and stakeholder briefing sessions document:

Attention of Keith Ridge Response Feb 16 (1)

Vanessa Taylor (PEO) was interviewed on radio Sussex with David Clarke Chair, West Sussex LPC about the potential impact of the pharmacy cuts locally.

East Sussex LPC representation at the MP speed briefing event in Westminster to speak to Caroline Ansell MP who pledged support and commended the PSNC counter proposals the Secretary of State for Health.  Press article published in the Eastbourne Herald and Seaford Gazette entitled “Pharmacists protest at cuts put forward by Government”

Press article published in the Argus entitled ‘Save our Pharmacies’.

East Sussex LPC hosted stands at both Membership Engagement and Learning events for GPs and nurses in Hastings and Eastbourne to promote the value of community pharmacy and input to GP and multi-disciplinary events.

East Sussex LPC raised awareness of the proposed cuts to community pharmacy and the potential impact on health and social care with the East Sussex HWB Chair, and Chair of Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  Also with Brighton and Hove HWB Chair.

East Sussex LPC supported contractors to participate in the PSNC’s two surveys:  Evidencing the social value of pharmacy and Data collection on advice and self-care/OTC medicines.  Faxed and emailed timeline reminders and actual survey documents to encourage participation.

April 2016

All East Sussex and Brighton and Hove MPs were invited by East Sussex LPC to attend the Westminster MP Speed Dating Pharmacy Cuts Information Event.

East Sussex LPC e-mailed and faxed communications to contractors to promote the campaign for community pharmacy, twitter day, RPS survey monkey and petition resources.  Created dedicated webpage on the East Sussex LPC website for contractor reference.

March 2016 

East Sussex LPC representation at the Brighton and Hove City Connect Board Meeting and Locality Hubs to discuss how community pharmacies support vulnerable people in the community.

All East Sussex and Brighton and Hove MPs were updated with briefings regarding the cuts to community pharmacies and notified of the Pharmacy Cuts debate in Westminster Hall – Huw Merriman MP and Caroline Ansell MP both attended and spoke up for community pharmacy.

Article published in the Rye and Battle Observer around the threat of pharmacy cuts to rural pharmacies.  LPC quote included to balance the story with the proposals affecting all pharmacies.

East Sussex LPC worked with RPS Sussex and RPS Surrey to host a Community Pharmacy and Beyond collaborative contractor event in Crawley Speaker included; Rob Darracott, Chief Executive Pharmacy Voice, Sandra Gidley, Chair, Royal Pharmaceutical Society English National Board and Mike King, PSNC.

February 2016

East Sussex LPC partnered with BHCC public health to give a presentation at the Community Health Networking Event – B & H CCG and BHCC .  This provided an opportunity to showcase the value of the community pharmacy network, in addition to what services are provided by community pharmacies.

November 2015  

Caroline Ansell MP visited Kamsons Victoria Drive and Boots Sovereign Harbour.  Subsequently an article about community pharmacies helping to reduce winter pressures published in the Eastbourne Herald.

Ask Your Pharmacist Week and NHS Flu Vaccination Service article published in:  The Argus, Eastbourne Herald, Seaford Herald, Sussex Express, Hastings Observer, Battle and Rye Observer and Bexhill Observer.

December 2015

Simon Kirby MP visited to Lloyds Pharmacy, Whitehawk

Other information:

More information regarding MP Visits to be found here

The Department of Health held a consultation event for stakeholders. At the event a series of slides were presented that may be of interest to LPCs and contractors.