Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) were delighted to be invited by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) to attend the Houses of Parliament, London for the launch of ResPublica’s report, Heartbeats on the High Street: How Community Pharmacy can transform Britain’s Health, Wealth and Well-being.
ResPublica, an independent non-partisan think tank, launched its latest report on Community Pharmacy and cited the Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP) Programme as an example of how Community Pharmacy can offer services designed to address locally-defined needs and can adapt to public demand, leading to positive outcomes.
Kathy Martin, CDHN’s Strategic Impact Manager, said “We are delighted that the BCPP model has been recognised in the UK as a model of good practice. It is a unique initiative, developing and strengthening partnership between community pharmacists and communities for over 16 years, making a significant contribution to tackling health inequalities and improving lives, health and well-being.”
The ResPublica report makes the case for community pharmacies as a first port of call in primary care. Their research argues that the NHS can no longer afford to overlook the role that community pharmacies can play in reducing the cost burden on taxpayers and the capacity burden on GPs. Community Pharmacy has an opportunity to better communicate its role, and increase the recognition of its services and representation among policy makers. They believe it is time to make the social and economic case for clinical, personal and community-led pharmacy.
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