Pharmacy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 27 November 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Merron Baroness Merron Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of what other conditions the Pharmacy First service could cover, beyond the seven conditions announced as part of the Delivery Plan for Recovering Access to Primary Care.

Photo of Baroness Merron Baroness Merron Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to incorporate independent prescribing into community pharmacy services, once the Pathfinder sites have reported and evaluated their outcomes.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

No assessment has been made so far of other conditions Pharmacy First could cover. NHS England is working with integrated care boards to recruit over 200 community pharmacy Pathfinder sites to establish how independent prescribers can be used to incorporate independent prescribing into clinical services available to the public through community pharmacy in the longer-term. A detailed formative and summative evaluation, undertaken by independent evaluators, of the Pathfinder programme is planned to inform any potential future commissioning decisions.

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