Simon Dukes, CEO, PSNC

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) explains the important work that pharmacies do with sustainable funding and ongoing support from the government in its recently launched animated video.

The animation has been developed to support PSNC’s conversations with external audiences, to help raise awareness of the value of pharmacy services, and how patients and the NHS might be impacted if they were no longer there.

It describes the importance of pharmacy advice and the potential for pharmacy teams to do more, whilst also highlighting the pressures caused by Covid-19 and the sector’s need for fair funding.

PSNC will use the animation in conversations with national stakeholders including MPs, and LPCs and pharmacy teams may like to share it with local commissioners, politicians, charities, and patient groups.

The committee hopes that the new animation will be a useful tool to help promote the important role community pharmacy plays in supporting the nation’s health.

The animation adds to the collection of resources that PSNC has produced using the results of its 2021 Pharmacy Advice Audit.

PSNC chief executive Simon Dukes said: “Community pharmacists and their teams have shown time and again how valuable they are to the public, GPs, and the wider NHS, but never as much as during the Covid-19 pandemic response.

This animation shows the work that community pharmacies have been doing and highlights the sector’s need for ongoing support from the government. It will support our work to demonstrate the value of pharmacy to MPs and others, as well as providing an additional way for LPCs and pharmacy teams to support this effort at a local level.”

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