‘Pharmacists have key role in transforming health service’ – Wells

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015
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Pharmacists have a key role to play in the wider transformation of Northern Ireland’s Health Service.

Health Minister Jim Wells

That was the key message from Health Minister Jim Wells as he launched the Implementation plan for the publication “Making it Better Through Pharmacy in the Community”, an updated strategy for the provision of pharmacy services in the community. Wells said, “My vision for health and social care is to raise the quality of care for patients and service users and enhance the patient experience. Pharmacy services in the community have a key role to play in delivering this vision by supporting the safe, effective use of medicines and promoting health and wellbeing.” The Strategy focuses on a number of key areas for the future provision of pharmacy services in the community which will involve pharmacists working in both primary care and community pharmacy settings. The key themes of the strategy are pharmacy helping people to: • Gain better outcomes from medicines; • Live longer, healthier lives; • Safely avail of care closer to home; • Benefit from advances in treatment and technology. The Minister continued, “The updated Strategy provides a clear direction for the delivery of pharmacy services in the community over the next five years. “The implementation plan sets out the key actions which will need to be undertaken to deliver the goals set out in the strategy and a timescale for the delivery of these actions.”

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