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Update from supervision working group’s second meeting

The PDA is making sure the interests and views of employed and locum pharmacists are effectively represented in conversations about supervision.

Sat 18th February 2023 The PDA

Organisations from across the community pharmacy sector, who have joined together to look into the future modelling of pharmacy practice, as the Pharmacy Supervision Practice Group, have held their second meeting to advance discussions.

At this meeting, members explored themes centred around accountability, delegation and responsibility. The session included a wide-reaching discussion, including what future guidance might look like and the continued patient access to the pharmacist through a comprehensive, accessible and equitable community pharmacy offer.

Chair of the group, Dr Michael Twigg, Associate Professor of Primary Care Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, said “The primary objective of the group is to develop a co-designed and co-produced solution that will not only enhance the patient experience within community pharmacy practice, but that will enable the community pharmacy workforce to maximise role and professional skills.

At its second meeting, the group was unanimous that any changes in the delegation, responsibility and accountability space should be in the patient interest, distil confidence for patients and ensure that community pharmacy remains accessible and equitable.”

The work has been initiated in response to much discussion relating to current legislation and case law surrounding supervision of community pharmacy practice and the intention of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and Health Departments in the Devolved Governments, to reform current legislation later on this year. The group will meet again on 2nd March, where these themes will be explored in more detail.

If you would like further information on this work, then please contact your local organisational representative in the first instance.

 The Pharmacy Supervision Practice Group is made up of the following members: 

  • AIMP Limited (AIMP)
  • Association of Pharmacy Technicians United Kingdom (APTUK)
  • Company Chemists’ Association Limited (CCA)
  • National Pharmacy Association Limited (NPA)
  • Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA)
  • Pharmacy Forum Northern Ireland (PFNI)
  • The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPS)

Observers on the Group are:

  • General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

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