Showcasing what Community Pharmacy’s role could look like in the wider healthcare environment

Cormac Tobin, Managing Director at Celesio UK, including LloydsPharmacyCormac Tobin, Managing Director of Celesio UK

I recently had the pleasure in taking part in a video interview with The Telegraph’s Business Reporter to discuss the role of pharmacy in the wider health environment.

I believe that Community Pharmacy can play a larger role in providing access to primary care, and that pharmacists should be seen as true healthcare professionals. In fact I’ve repeatedly stated that pharmacists can deliver far more than just the dispensing of medicines and should be utilised to that effect, which is why I took the decision to be interviewed about Community Pharmacy as a sector.

Over the years LloydsPharmacy has delivered some exceptional work and I used this as examples of what community pharmacy is capable of. This included our innovative First Care Clinic and Type 2 diabetes screening.

Watch the full video interview:

As healthcare providers Community Pharmacy is an untapped resource when delivering healthcare services, it is full of knowledgeable and dedicated colleagues, who could play a larger role in alleviating the pressures faced by the NHS on A&E departments and GP surgeries. Throughout the industry there are professionals willing to take on a larger role, working alongside the NHS and delivering the best possible care for patients.

The Five Year Forward View, delivered by NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens, is a great foundation for the future of the NHS, integrating primary care providers to help sustain the NHS and ensuring a fit for the future healthcare system. Throughout my interview I emphasised how Community Pharmacy can work with other primary care providers, especially GPs, to deliver a minor ailments programme, and I think this will be key to showcasing Community Pharmacy as a true primary care provider.