Cormac’s view: Setting out community pharmacy’s stall

Our managing director, Cormac Tobin, share’s his thoughts on the Community Pharmacy Forward View.

Today, I am welcoming the publication of the Community Pharmacy Forward View, which is a culmination of dedicated, collaborative working across the community pharmacy sector.  At this pivotal time, as we are facing challenges to our funding whilst at the same time having opportunities to shape our future role at the frontline of the NHS, this is a positive step, and I believe it’s just the start of the sector collectively defining its long-term proposition. 

 We need a paradigm shift to effect positive change, as Joel A Barker said ‘Vision without action is a dream, action without vision just passes time, vision with action can change the world”.  Community pharmacy now has a joint vision, built by the sector and with the endorsement of the leadership and professional bodies.  It is now time for us all to get behind it and take action to achieve what is best, for patients, for the NHS and also the future sustainability of the community pharmacy network. 

 Celesio UK fully supports the Community Pharmacy Forward View’s aspirations, and we will do all we can to support our colleagues, the sector and its leaders as this work continues to develop.  I call on the government and the new minister to work with us to turn this into a reality.