The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has launched an online survey to hear from contractors, Local Pharmacy Committees (LPCs) and others about their views on the future of community pharmacy.

The consultation forms the first stage of PSNC’s vision project and contribute to informing the vision and strategic options for community pharmacy developed by Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund.

PSNC will also carry out research, interviews and meetings with groups made up of contractors, LPCs and other sector representatives.

The survey, which will be open until 11.59pm on 9 December 2022, will ask five questions on:

  • Future policy goals
  • Why previous reviews and policies may not have fully achieved their objectives
  • Design principles that should underpin the service offer made by community pharmacy; and
  • Blocks and enablers for change

It asks respondents to consider what ‘good’ would look like from either a community pharmacy, NHS or patient perspective, and what key building blocks would need to be in place to achieve that.

Participants are invited to consider how community pharmacy is commissioned, remote provision of services and workforce and technology, among other topics.

The survey also asks participants to consider what the key barriers to change have been in the past or could be in the future, giving examples like incentives, IT systems and the public perception of pharmacy. It also asks respondents to consider what factors could enable change.

The survey also invites suggestions of other innovative models of how community pharmacy services could be delivered.

It can be carried out on behalf of an individual or an organisation, and pharmacy contractors and pharmacy teams, other pharmacy professionals and representative bodies, LPCs, other healthcare professionals, service commissioners and patients, the public and their representative bodies are all invited to respond.

This comes after the RPS and The King’s Fund launched a consultation period, which ran between 15 August and 30 September, to feed into their report into the future of pharmacy practice.