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Breaking News: Government commits to developing pharmacy services

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

We are absolutely delighted to bring you the news that, today, the Scottish Government has made two key commitments relating to community pharmacy services! You may already have heard about the improvements to the Chronic Medication Service which are underway, but the big news is that the Minor Ailment Service will be developed further and made available to every person in Scotland within the coming year. It will also be enhanced to cover more common conditions, much like the Pharmacy First services.

This major step builds upon work we have been doing over the last few years, including the pilot in Inverclyde and the research project which you will have taken part in. Within the year, you will be able to offer MAS and common condition consultations to a whole new cohort of individuals.

This comes as an essential part of a wider NHS redesign addressing how people access care in Scotland, and will send a strong message of “Feeling unwell? Pharmacy First”. It’s also a great opportunity to showcase and evidence the impact we can have on people’s lives – by using our expert training and skills we can help them to feel better quicker, and they can return to living their lives to the fullest as soon as possible.

You might have questions about precisely what will be changing – don’t worry, we do too! It’s too early to say what the details might look like, but we know for sure that CPS will be involved every step of the way and we’re excited to start on this journey!

Our Chairman, Martin Green, had this to say: “We are delighted to welcome this announcement and look forward to working with Scottish Government to explore and shape the evolution of the service over the coming year. We will be building upon our substantial efforts to demonstrate the value that community pharmacy teams add to Scotland’s health record and we intend to firmly cement the idea of the community pharmacy team as an essential part of the wider NHS and as trusted clinicians in people’s minds.”