Pharmacists are recognised experts; responsible for the safe supply of prescriptions and over the counter medicines, and for provision of information, advice and services to support healthier lifestyles.

Community pharmacies are often open when other healthcare providers are unavailable and offer access to trained healthcare professionals without an appointment.

People are increasingly accessing services provided by pharmacists in other community locations such as GP practices, at home, within nursing or residential homes, workplaces and other intermediate care settings (between the hospital and home). There is huge potential to capitalise on the community pharmacy and pharmacists to prevent ill health, support patient self-care, and undertake medication reviews in care homes – hence playing an enhanced role in more efficient and effective integrated local care.

During 2017/18 we will develop a strategy focusing on key areas including:
  • Working across the East Midlands to help improve electronic clinical handover from hospital to community pharmacy
  • Supporting the development of Healthy Living Pharmacies, which provide a wider range of health and wellbeing services – for example providing advice to help people lead healthier lifestyles
  • Improving access and optimisation of medicines in the care home sector
  • Pharmacy-led care of people with long term conditions
View the full frontlinepdf Pharmacy Strategy document.

November 2017 Frontline Pharmacy Strategy event

Following the launch of the strategy in May 2017, EMAHSN held it's second Frontline Pharmacy Strategy event chaired by Sam Travis Clinical Leadership Advisor/CD Accountable Officer, NHS England. Presentations from the day included: