THE Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland is inviting members to contribute to its submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee work programme for 2016.
The committee identified eight themes and the RPS in Scotland intends to respond to the three outlined below:
Delayed discharges — The RPS will highlight its seven day services response (provided as evidence to the previous committee) which the details the need to have pharmacist expertise available early after admission, and explains how pharmacist input on wards can improve discharge planning and speed up discharge procedures.
The RPS is asking members to get in touch if they have any further evidence of how pharmacy services in hospital can improve flow and ultimately support timely discharges.
GPs & GP hubs — The inquiry will provide an introduction to the Government’s approach to primary care reform and will consider the GP recruitment crisis and the extent to which the proposed hub approach will assist in reducing demand on GPs. It will also identify how pharmacists will fit into the new hubs and how their contribution will be measured.
The RPS is keen to hear from members across Scotland to assess the current level of pharmacist involvement in these emerging hubs.
Tackling obesity — The RPS is interested in views on how pharmacies can supporting people to make effective lifestyle changes and is also interested in how social prescribing can help support this.
The deadline for submitting views on delayed discharges and GPs & GP hubs, is Friday, August 12. The deadline for tackling obesity is Friday, October 28.
The committee is also considering mental health, in particular the child and adolescent mental health services. If members have any views, experiences or recommendations in this area they want to highlight, get in touch by mid-September.