The 2021 UK community pharmacy survey—exploring the opinions of community pharmacy teams on their developing roles and requirements—has indicated that COVID-19 and the new NHS structure has driven significant change in the way community pharmacies are perceived and utilised by the public.
89% of respondents said that more patients are visiting the pharmacy before contacting their GP surgery, however, community pharmacists were optimistic about their ability to support patients in the pharmacy with 69% saying they can help at least half, of the patients that seek advice.
Of the 108 respondents, 93% think that clinical guidance will become more important, with 84% saying they already offered or were planning to offer minor aliment services, 66% already offering or planning to offer urgent care services and 62% already offering or planning to offer enhanced structured medication reviews. Guidelines for Pharmacy was the second most popular source of guidance information (after NICE).
Sophie Hatton, Editor of Guidelines for Pharmacy, said: “Guidelines for Pharmacy will be pivotal in providing up to date and relevant content for our audience as we move into 2022. Developed with professional bodies, Guidelines for Pharmacy provides over 350 clinical guidelines summaries online and in our quarterly handbook, supporting learning and best practice delivery of patient care at the point of consultation. It was positive to see that 98% of those who responded to our survey find the Guidelines for Pharmacy handbook either very useful or useful.”
The Guidelines for Pharmacy handbook is referred to over 320K times per issue:
- 91% use Guidelines for Pharmacy to keep up to date with best practice
- 88% use Guidelines for Pharmacy to support their CPD
- 73% use use Guidelines for Pharmacy to inform the treatment/ management of patients
Over 98% said they would find the educational supplements or articles on the latest clinical guidelines, consultation skills for key clinical topics, or prescription only medicines very useful or useful.
Access the full survey report here.
About Guidelines for Pharmacy
Guidelines for Pharmacy is a quarterly publication circulated for free to all UK community pharmacies, along with a website, providing up-to-date, comprehensive guideline summaries from professional bodies to support best practice delivery of patient care and learning. Access to guidelinesforpharmacy.co.uk is free of charge for UK pharmacists and their teams.
About the survey
The Guidelines for Pharmacy 2021 pharmacy survey was conducted online 17 July–15 August 2021. Guidelines for Pharmacy users were asked to complete the survey via a link in the July issue of the print journal, a personalised email, and promotion of the survey online. A total of 108 healthcare professionals responded to the survey, and the data was analysed in aggregate.
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