East Sussex chair reflects on a busy year

East Sussex chair reflects on a busy year

September 18, 2019

East Sussex LPC  last night (17 September) held its annual contractors meeting in Uckfield. The meeting was an important one as the committee was face-to-face with East Sussex contractors for the first time since local primary care networks formed on 1 July and the national Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) with Community Pharmacy Consultation Service and new Pharmacy Quality Scheme. was announced on 23 July.

Speaking at the meeting Craig McEwan, chair East Sussex LPC, reflected how the LPC had collaborated with colleagues in West Sussex and Surrey to form Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex. Recognising the different structure allowed the LPC to do things more efficiently, he said:

“The joint executive team, managed by James Wood, chief executive officer, has represented and ably supported contractors with support that has seen a new fortnightly news round-up; phone-in advice clinics on Quality Payments; a training event for TCAM in advance of it going-live on 1 April and continuing to raise with NHS England issues such as missed waste medicines collections and support for pharmacy patients faced with aggressive patients”.

Craig McEewan chair East Sussex LPC

Craig also mentioned the value of the LPCs webinars, monthly deadline tracker and work on self-care navigation with colleagues in primary care.

Contractors also heard from James Wood that LPC priorities for 2019-20 are to continue to represent, support and develop community pharmacy in East Sussex, including help to introduce new national requirements, integrate with, and be a meaningful part of, PCNs (primary care networks)

He said “Back in January, few of us had heard of primary care networks (PCNs), but over 15 PCNs have emerged in East Sussex, covering all patients. Almost all of community pharmacy is expected to start working as part of a PCN”

“Plans are in place to help contractors navigate a way through this and all other significant changes to our industry in East Sussex, including a new look website with an A to Z to make it easier to access information.” he added.

The annual meeting for contractors in West Sussex was on 10 September in Worthing, and takes place today (18 September) in Surrey.

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