What is the role of the LPC?
What is an LPC?
• The local organisation for community pharmacy
• Members are community pharmacists: some are elected every 4 years by independent community pharmacy contractors, others are appointed by organisations representing multiple pharmacies
• Represents all the community pharmacy contractors locally – evenhandedly
• We are an independent and representative group with statutory rights
What is the legal status of an LPC?
• The LPC has legal authority from the National Health Service Act 2006
• The LPC is recognised by the National Commissioning Board (the terminology in legislation), which is now usually known as NHS England, as representing all community pharmacy contractors
• The LPC’s statutory rights include
o NHE England must consult us on matters affecting pharmacy
o The right to collect a levy from contractors to finance the committee’s work
What does the LPC actually DO?
• We are concerned with all aspects of NHS primary care that are relevant to community pharmacy
• We must be consulted on
o New contract applications, applications for contract relocations, etc
o Impact analyses for Local Pharmaceutical Services (LPS) bids
o Fees for Enhanced Services
o Any NHS England decision to require a pharmacy to change its hours
• We expect to be (and are) consulted on all issues relevant to contractors, such as:
o Any arrangements affecting pharmacy services
o Changes to local NHS structures – LIFT etc
o Arrangements for monitoring the pharmacy contract
• We work with NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Public Health and other healthcare professionals to influence policies and decisions and to help plan services
• We support local implementation of the new pharmacy contract – such as negotiating Enhanced Services
• We seek to identify and access additional local funding for pharmacy services
• We co-operate with other LPC’s in the Mersey Region and with PSNC nationally
More General Role
• Promote local community pharmacy to primary care organisations and others
• Represent the views of all community pharmacists in the area – proprietors, employees, locums
• Establish good relationships with NHS England and others
• Raise awareness about local pharmacies and their services
• Liaise with NHS England on specific problem areas relevant to community pharmacy
• Engage in dialogue about NHS England plans to identify issues relevant to pharmacies
• Try to work with GP’s and others on commissioning local services through practice based commissioning
• Provide advice for community pharmacy contractors and others on a wide range of issues relating to NHS Community Pharmacy services
Want to find out more?
• All community pharmacists are welcome to attend open LPC meetings as observers
• Please contact the LPC Business Support Officer, Alison Williams on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07828 832782