Community pharmacy owners are being urged to share their views on finances, pressures and capacity as part of a new survey launched by Community Pharmacy England.
The representative body – which is formerly known as PSNC – said it will use the data gathered from the poll to inform an upcoming committee meeting and to help convey the sector’s ‘key messages’ to ministers, officials and other policymakers.
Chief executive of Community Pharmacy England Janet Morrison said the organisation had ‘ringfenced time’ at its July committee meeting to ‘reflect’ on the views of the pharmacy owners it represents.
‘As the voice of community pharmacy, we want to collaborate even more with our members across the sector,’ she said.
‘Our new pre-committee meeting polling offers the chance for all pharmacy owners to tell us about their reflections, primary concerns and challenges, as well as their ideas for future polling.’
For its July meeting, the body said it was keen to hear thoughts on pharmacy’s finances, pressures and capacity, including views on how businesses are coping financially and around their capacity to offer advanced services.
Ms Morrison added: ‘The results of this poll will help us to listen to and to better represent your views, and the data we gather will also help us to get our key messages across to ministers, officials and other policymakers.
‘There is a real commitment from everyone here to shift the ways in which we engage with you, and in time we hope these surveys will become a really valuable tool in delivering your thoughts directly to our committee, and beyond.’
The more the body hears from the sector ‘the more powerfully we can represent your views to government’, she added.
The survey – which takes 10 minutes to complete and closes just before midnight on Sunday 2 July – comes as Community Pharmacy England is in the middle of ‘critical negotiations’ regarding the recent £645m investment that was promised to the sector as part of the NHS primary care recovery plan.