Community pharmacy should provide health checks for all working-age adults in order to reverse Britain’s rise in long-term disease, according to a new report from think tank ResPublica, commissioned by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA).

In the report – Heartbeats on the High Street: how Community Pharmacy can transform Britain’s Health, Wealth and Wellbeing – ResPublica argues that with unprecedented strain on the NHS through rising long-term conditions and a growing population, community pharmacy is a transformative solution for the health and wellbeing of the country and should take a leading role in preventing and managing long-term conditions by extending NHS health checks to the whole adult population.

Commenting on the report, Ian Strachan, NPA chairman, said: “This report sets out a positive, patient-focused and sustainable future for pharmacy, that can not only improve public health, but also save money and precious resources when they are becoming increasingly scarce.  

“Community pharmacies have transformational potential in primary care and public health and are an ideal setting for universal NHS health checks, but this should only be the start.”

Mr Strachan continued by explaining the need for pharmacies to be empowered to provide “wrap-around care before, during and after a health check, actively managing risk and prescribing medicines where appropriate, to reduce pressure on the wider health system.”

The NPA “will be working hard to refine these ideas and to encourage the government to unlock the potential of community pharmacy and deliver on its clinical promise,” he added.

Originally Published by Pharmacy Magazine

Recommended

NHS moves to tackle medication errors

To help the NHS monitor medication errors, a series of indicators are being introduced to show whether a prescription ma...

Measles warning

The increase in measles circulation is mainly associated with travel to and from Europe where there are large ongoing me...

Popular

Why apply for a split pre-registration training programme

Applications for pre-registration training 2019-2020 are now open, with a staggering amount of places to choose from, To...

Advising on malaria: Offering expert advice to customers

This module is designed to help you make a difference to travellers, equipping you to give expert advice and recommend e...

Bladder weakness programme: Understanding pharmacy’s role

This module is designed to help you make a difference to customers with bladder weakness and will equip you with the kno...


By using this website, you accept British Pharmaceutical Students' Association Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Click accept to hide box. By continuing browsing you have confirmed your acceptance.