Pharmacy organisations respond to NICE's draft quality standard

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Recently, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) declared that all community pharmacists should be capable of offering smoking, drinking and weight guidance to patients when selling over the counter goods. Nonetheless, pharmacy organisations have responded affirming that they will need sufficient supplies and funding to implement this strategy.

The RPS English Pharmacy Board have also highlighted that community pharmacists are currently working to their full potential, and as a result, a practice should be put in place to focus on their wellbeing as well as the patients.

“Pharmacy organisations will need sufficient supplies and funding to implement this strategy.“

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee’s (PSNC) response, stated: “Community pharmacy teams already offer health and wellbeing advice to people who have a long-term condition or need support to adopt a healthier lifestyle. However, community pharmacies are currently under considerable capacity and financial strain, with cuts to NHS funding having been imposed in recent years and workload increasing, as a result of increased patient and NHS demands.”

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) also responded, stating: “Much of the public health budgets have been reduced and/or cut, leading to a leaner spend on local resources. This has led to the decommissioning of pharmacy services that support the prevention of ill health. This quality standard helpfully acknowledges the huge potential that pharmacies have to help people stay well, as well as treat people when they are poorly, however for effective outcomes, adequate resources and funding must be allocated.”

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