Busy AGM told of LPC’s commitment to Surrey contractors

Busy AGM told of LPC’s commitment to Surrey contractors

September 19, 2019

Community pharmacy contractors in Surrey received an upbeat message of support at their annual meeting last night (18 September).

Delivering his chief executives message to a very busy AGM, which was strongly supported, as usual, by over 50 NHS community pharmacy contractors, James Wood spoke of “change and progress”.

He said: “In July the announcement of £13bn to 2023-24 was revealed alongside ambitious plans for more clinical-based service models and more integration with the developing NHS agenda through the NHS Long Term Plan.

“The news received mixed reviews: some pharmacy owners across Surrey were glad to have clarity and certainty of protected funding for the next five years, while others were disappointed at the headline figures around the overall funding package.  Whichever of these groups you fall into at least it is now clear what will be expected of us from now to 2024.”

Contractors also heard about new primary care networks (PCNs) in Surrey and how the LPC intends to support them through very localised discussions with newly appointed clinical directors.

Rupi Bhasin, chair of Surrey LPC

Meanwhile, Rupi Bhasin, chair of Surrey LPC, noted a number of achievements including: performance against public health locally commissioned services, the introduction of a Take-Home Naloxone-kit Service and a Blood Pressure Plus (BP+) service launched on 1 April with £200,000 investment from public health.

“The annual general meeting provides an opportunity for us to present our formal accounts and demonstrate how we are achieving best value and quality for NHS community pharmacy contractors in Surrey,” he said.

“Last year we saved in the region of £25,000 on previous years by collaborating with colleagues in East and West Sussex to form Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex. We also reduced the number of committee and internal meetings.”

“2019-20 will see us remain busy as we introduce the national community pharmacy contractual framework (CPCF) with Community Pharmacy Consultation Service by 29 October 2019 and a new Pharmacy Quality Scheme”.

Contractors also heard the LPC reconfirm its commitment to continue to represent, support and develop community pharmacy in Surrey to help all contractors achieve what is being asked of our sector.

The annual meeting for contractors in West Sussex was on 10 September in Worthing and East Sussex was on 17 September in Uckfield

 


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