Meetings of Surrey and Sussex three LPCs continued online in May because of the on-going requirement for social distancing.

Meetings of Surrey and Sussex three LPCs continued online in May because of the on-going requirement for social distancing.

May 21, 2021

 It’s over 14 months since your LPCs have been able to meet face-to-face, but their work continues. 

The first item on each agenda was the election of ‘committee officers’, the annual process to appoint a chair, vice chair and treasurer.

The process where committee members nominate and second colleagues to be the accountable officers is overseen by the CEO to ensure proper accountability.

See meeting agendas  East SussexSurreyWest Sussex. Minutes are published when agreed at the following meeting.

Finally, at each committee there was a discussion about the strategic plan and priorities for Community Pharmacy Surrey and Sussex for the current financial year.

Right now, it’s almost impossible to predict all the very fine details of the plan as it is dependent on well-known variables the Government’s Covid roadmap, the Wright review steering group structural changes in our local healthcare systems.

But with primary care networks, implementation of GP CPCS, the ongoing pandemic, DMS, pharmaceutical needs assessments in four local authority areas, on-going market entry and feeding into PSNCs on-going negotiations as required (often at short notice) there’s a lot to be done.

More information

  • Further details about our three committees is here. Scroll down to the committee you want, to find out about members, agendas and other key information.
  • East Sussex committee received an update presentation from David Clark, GPhCs deputy regional manager which included: a quick overview of GPhC approach during the

    David Clarke, GPhC, presented at East Sussex committee. View his slides

    pandemic; learnings from the programme of codeine linctus intelligence led inspections; emerging insights – what makes a good Covid-19 vaccination site; update on reforms to the initial education and training of pharmacists; and GPhCs consultation on their new EDI strategy.

Two key points were raised by members, with David’s insight are below:

    • Independent prescribing upon qualification as a pharmacist

Pharmacists qualifying from 2027 will have an Independent Prescribing qualification, they will be the students starting their University training in 2022. The pace of change in the pharmacy course is happening at speed and there are other factors to consider such as making sure there are enough designated prescribing supervisors available in the future.

Pharmacists already on the register and already providing NHS services can be funded by HEE to do prescriber courses. Currently registered pharmacists need to wait two years before starting an IP course. But as IP is introduced to initial education and training then more and more people will start to be IPs from when they join the register. So in the future the 2 years would be reviewed. Here is the link to the HEE IP site. Independent Prescribing (

    • Delay with this year’s exam

The registration assessment sittings are usually held in June and September. These dates in July and November are the earliest available where Pearson VUE test centres can accommodate the predicted number of candidates under the current social distancing guidelines.

  • David’s slides are here for your information.

Read how Sussex and Surrey LPCs continue to meet during the pandemic

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