A COLLABORATIVE consisting of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland, Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS), and five other representative bodies involved in delivering primary care in Scotland, has launched its views on the future and principles of primary care in Scotland.
Alex MacKinnon, said: “On behalf of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, it was really pleasing to have participated in this worthy initiative led by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Scotland. It was great to see the way the various primary care health organisations came together to discuss and indeed agree a common understanding of ‘primary care’ and the development of a set of principles that everyone could commit and sign up to.
“Our primary care health professions are sending a strong joint message committing to working better together to improve the care of patients and the public in Scotland. From the pharmacy perspective, RPS in Scotland will continue to work with our colleagues from the other organisations to ensure that pharmacists’ contribution is maximised and recognised for the benefit of our patients and our colleagues across primary care services.”
The future of primary care in Scotland: a view from the professions sets out a shared understanding of the role of primary care and an agreed set of 21 principles to underpin the future of services. It represents a collective commitment to provide professional leadership in developing and implementing new ways of working, building on the skills and expertise of all professions.
A statement from the collaborative said: “Central to our vision are people, not structures. Strong relationships are, and always should be, at the very heart of primary care. They will certainly be key to designing and implementing successful change. The signatories to the document represent over 60,000 AHPs, GPs, nurses, optometrists, dispensing opticians and pharmacists working in communities right across Scotland.
“Each of our organisations is committed to bringing this considerable asset to the table and working through genuine and open engagement with the Scottish Government, with politicians, with colleagues across health and social care and with the public to shape a new future for quality primary care in Scotland.”