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Podcast: Working with community pharmacy

Community pharmacies are in a similar position to general practice. Core income is shrinking and pharmacies need to consider new ways to make money. Under a new contracting deal, a national scheme to offer consultations is due to start from October.

Patients could be referred to pharmacies by GPs, the NHS 111 service and possibly also by urgent care centres and emergency departments. As a result, medicines use reviews currently carried out by community pharmacies will be done instead by practice based pharmacists under the new name of “structured medication reviews”, but pharmacies will be able to offer a broader range of clinical services, such as routine monitoring of patients on repeat medication, which could potentially reduce general practice workload. In our latest podcast, PCC’s community pharmacy lead Charlotte Goodson, explains why PCNs have every reason to be interested in the changes.