The community pharmacy Review Steering Group (RSG) has invited contractors and local pharmaceutical committees to join engagement events which are held online as part of the group’s ongoing work.

Pharmacy contractors can participate in ‘Your Representation, Your Say’ engagement event on March 9 at 7.30pm by registering via the RSG website.

The group will also run a session at PSNC’s meeting of LPCs on March 17 and all LPC chairs and chief officers have been asked to ensure their participation in the online event.

During this virtual meeting, LPC chairs and chief officers will receive an update from PSNC CEO Simon Dukes and also get an opportunity to share their experience in the meeting, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiation Committee (PSNC) has said.

At the ‘Your Representation, Your Say’ event hosted by RSG members, contractors will have a reminder of the key issues identified by the independent review, learn about the work of the RSG to date and next steps, and have the chance to ask questions about the RSG.

Dukes said: “The RSG is doing important work to further explore the recommendations of the Wright review and to try to solve the issues highlighted by the review. Optimising contractor representation and support is becoming increasingly critical as pressures on community pharmacy contractors grow, negotiations become increasingly challenging and the NHS prepares for yet more organisational change.

“PSNC supported this important work with some initial funding last year and is pleased to see the RSG starting its contractor and LPC engagement programme – we look forward to hearing more at those events and again following the RSG’s appointment of a programme manager.”

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