An agreement has been reached on wide reaching reform of contractual arrangements for the community pharmacy sector in Wales.
The Welsh Government and Community Pharmacy Wales who have been in negotiations to develop the contractual framework, announced today (16 December) a national clinical community pharmacy service enabling all pharmacies to deliver provision of contraception, treatment for common minor ailments, and access to repeat medicines in an emergency.
To support the expanded clinical community pharmacy service there will be increased funding for the provision of clinical services from their current level of £11.4m to £20m a year by April 2024.
The agreement also includes plans to roll out a Wales-wide pharmacy prescribing service, allowing appropriately trained pharmacists to treat an extended range of conditions that currently require people to visit their GP. The changes will mean patients will have accessible and convenient NHS services closer to home which will in turn free up GP and other NHS services for patients with more complex needs.
Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services said: “I welcome the positive approach to negotiations taken by Community Pharmacy Wales, embracing our ambition for a reimagined community pharmacy service, which is an integral part of a strong primary care landscape.
“The new contractual framework will enable every community pharmacy in Wales to provide an extended range of clinical services, available consistently across the country, offering convenient, accessible NHS services to more people, closer to their homes.
“The new arrangements recognise and reward pharmacies, which understand, share and deliver our longer-term ambition to provide effective, high-quality, sustainable healthcare.”
Mark Lyonette, NPA Chief Executive said: “This agreement on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework in Wales shows the Welsh Government’s willingness to back its ambitions for pharmacy service development with financial investment.
“The constructive spirit in which the talks have been conducted and the continued commitment on all sides to developing services, including the clinical community pharmacy service, is to be applauded.
“NPA members across Wales provide invaluable access to care, professional support, and are highly trusted. Collaborative leadership in Wales has been a spur to many positive outcomes that benefit patients and we look forward to working with our members to make sure they continue to deliver great care to the people of Wales.”