Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The Future of Community Pharmacies

Promoting Local Collaboration and Securing the Benefits of Holistic Community Care
Central London
Wednesday 20th March 2019
The role of community pharmacies in promoting the health and wellbeing of UK citizens has expanded rapidly. Currently, over 11,688 community pharmacies exist in England (Public Health England, 2016). Roughly 1.2 million individuals visit a local pharmacy with a health related concern every day. The total amount of items dispensed between 2017 and 2018 was a recorded 1,013.8 million (General Pharmaceutical Services, 2018). Across a range of communities, pharmacies have become instrumental components of the local healthcare infrastructure.

In recent years, the Government has sought to utilise community pharmacies to overcome increasing demand for primary care services. In 2018, NHS England launched its new, ‘Stay Well Pharmacy’ campaign to promote the role of pharmacies as frontline sources of clinical advice for minor health concerns including ‘sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and teething’ (NHS England, 2018). Moreover, the NHS Five Year Forward View, initially launched in 2014, has promoted heightened coordination between healthcare bodies in an attempt to improve existing services. The Pharmacy Integration Fund (2016) has assisted the delivery of deeper collaboration between medical institutions. Predominantly this has been through deploying pharmacy professionals into alternative care settings such as general practice, integrated urgent care (IUC) hubs and care homes. During 2018, NHS England has also been trialling new programmes intended to further embed pharmacies into local care networks via new Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).

Although pharmacies have assumed a central role in the UK healthcare provision, a number of challenges threaten their future viability. As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee have raised concerns within its report, The Impact of Brexit on the Pharmaceutical Sector (2018), over potential skills shortages in the sector. NHS England’s pilot integration scheme is due to end in January 2019, raising questions over the prospects for future collaboration between local public health services. Moreover, a reported 2.1 million A&E visits in 2016/17 were for self-treatable conditions, illustrating the need for further campaigning to ensure local communities understand how to engage with pharmacy services (NHS Digital, 2017).

Residing at the heart of their communities, pharmacies have been called upon to support more robust public health services. This timely symposium provides a range of public policy and health professionals including pharmacists, health and wellbeing boards and clinical commissioners with an invaluable forum to examine how pharmacies can deliver stronger and more efficient primary care support. Delegates will also explore the evolving role of pharmacies within their communities and co-develop strategies to embed them at the centre of local public healthcare.

Delegates Will:
Explore the evolving role of community pharmacies in supporting local public health and explore how to safeguard their contribution to national health and wellbeing
Co-develop strategies to promote heightened collaboration between local pharmacies, primary care institutions and medical professionals
Determine the impact of emerging technologies on community pharmacy services and care provision
Assess the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s report, The Impact of Brexit on the Pharmaceutical Sector and examine the broader risks of the UK departing from the European Union
Develop methods to strengthen pharmacy staff training to ensure the delivery of quality clinical services
Engage in the sharing of best practice regarding local level promotion of existing pharmacy services and functions
Examine the remaining obstacles to public accessibility and consider methods of facilitating the public’s use of pharmacy services
Promote the role of community pharmacies as local hubs, discussing measures to further uphold their broader social and economic contributions
To view our brochure, including the full event programme, click here.

We would like to advise you that we offer a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates (subject to type of organisation and terms and conditions) for bookings received by the 8th February 2019. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the attached registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).

WCVA Training - Engaging online

Engaging online
5 February 2019, Rhyl

Connect with your online audience and create innovative content to meet their needs


WCVA Update - 10 December 2018

This week's updates from WCVA

10 December 2018
WCVA's Annual Lecture by Missing People CEO Jo Youle is now available to download, watch or stream. In the lecture, Jo talks about how we can 'let fly' as third sector leaders - running through the amazing people she's met who've inspired her as a leader, her experiences as a professional musician and how it's all informed her faith in the third sector. Visit the website to listen/watch.


Innovative new mentoring project in Cardiff

The Bridge the Gap Project makes great strides in developing individuals.

WCVA general

‘Getting Brexit Ready’ Guide Now Available for Third Sector in Wales

"Getting Brexit Ready: A Guide for Small to Large Third Sector Organisations" has been published by the Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit.

Six new trustees join WCVA board

Winners of 2018 board elections were announced at WCVA’s Annual General Meeting and Lecture, including six brand new board members.

Listen back to our 2018 Annual Lecture

WCVA’s Annual Lecture by Missing People CEO Jo Youle is now available to download, watch or stream.


Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust Arts and Environment Fund

MSCT are pleased to announce a one-off Grant Scheme called the Arts and Environment Grant Fund for amounts up to £5,000.

The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

The Trustees will consider grant applications related to the provision of leisure activities for the disabled.

Vinci UK

The next round of Vinci UK funding will open in January 2019.

Community Asset Development Fund EQ now open

The eligibility stage of the application process for the new Community Asset Development Fund (CADF) is now open on eTenderWales.

Training and events

Engaging online

Connect with your online audience and create innovative content to meet their needs

Introduction to fundraising through trusts and foundations

Strengthen your charity's fundraising by making effective bids to trusts and foundations

Trustees and governance

Third Sector Support Wales partners pledge support for the UK Charity Governance Code

Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW) partners, a network of support for the third sector across Wales, have signed up to the principles of the UK Charity Governance Code.

Policy and politics

UK Government contracts 'not gagging clauses'

A recent investigation by the Times newspaper showed how suppliers working under contract for the Department for Work and Pensions were required to sign contracts including ‘adverse publicity’ clauses. This included charities working with Universal Credit claimants.

How should the sector prepare for Brexit?

Ask your questions at an online Q&A.

Mark Drakeford new leader of Welsh Labour

Mark Drakeford has been announced as the new leader of the Welsh Labour party.

PAVO Recruitment: Digital Volunteering Officer

 Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations has the following vacancies
Digital Volunteering Officer
Gwirfoddoli mewn Byd Rhithwir / Volunteering in a Virtual World
Based in Llandrindod Wells
35 hours per week
Salary £ 25,463 per annum
(The post is fixed term for 12 months – depending on start date this is likely to be until January 2020)

Do you have an interest in supporting people and groups to be involved in digital volunteering in Powys?

Would you like to set up a pilot project and collect evidence to see if Powys is ready for digital volunteers?

Powys Volunteer Centre is looking for someone to deliver a task and finish action feasibility study

You will have a good understanding of the third sector, know how to set up a project and have excellent monitoring and reporting skills

Ability to communicate in Welsh is an advantage.

Closing date for applications: December 17th at 12.00pm
Interviews will be held on December 20th in Llandrindod Wells
Application packs are available from the PAVO website:
or recruit@pavo.org.uk              tel:01597 822191

Handmade Christmas gifts on Powys Mental Health blog

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Christmas & a FILM premiere: Powys Mental Health eBulletin - Dec 2018


Tackling Illegal Drugs across Dyfed Powys

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys has commissioned a piece of work to be conducted by his office, looking into the way in which Illegal Drugs are being tackled across Dyfed Powys. This piece of work will conclude with the presentation of a report to the PCC’s executive team, as well as to the Chief Officer Team within Dyfed Powys Police, with a view of testing whether the way in which resources are used to address illegal drug use is as effective as it could be.

Part of this work will look to gain the views of certain groups of individuals including service users, youth engagement, as well as wider public engagement. In order for this survey to receive as many submissions as possible, I have included the links below to both the English and Welsh versions of the public consultation survey and I would be grateful if you would be kind enough to circulate this within your networks. There are very few questions and therefore is not a lengthy survey to complete, but will give an important view of the public on how prevalent illegal drugs are in their communities and how this affects them.

English Public Consultation http://www.dyfedpowys-pcc.org.uk/snap_surveys/OPCC/IllegalDrugUse/Public/English/illegal_drug_use___public_consultation.htm

Welsh Public Consultation http://www.dyfedpowys-pcc.org.uk/snap_surveys/OPCC/IllegalDrugUse/Public/Welsh/defnydd_anghyfreithlon_o_gyffuriau___ymgynghoriad_cyhoeddus.htm