Northern Ireland releases plan to fully realise the potential of community pharmacies

The Department of Health (DoH) in Northern Ireland has published a new Strategic Plan for Community Pharmacy, highlighting the vision and key priorities for
the sector over the next 10 years.

Co-developed by the DoH and Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland (CPNI), the representative body for community pharmacy owners, the plan aims to fully realise the
potential of community pharmacy services to support better health outcomes from medicines and prevent illness.

The vision outlined in the plan sees community pharmacies offering more clinical services, leveraging the skills of their teams to provide the public with safe,
convenient, and faster access to care.

According to DOH, the vision will be realised through four major reform programmes focusing on services, legislation, workforce, and digital enablers, alongside
six strategic priorities.

Together, these initiatives are anticipated to transform the role of community pharmacy within the Health and Social Care (HSC).

Health Minister Robin Swann has extended his support to the new Community Pharmacy Strategic Plan, which builds on the previously agreed 3-year community pharmacy
commissioning plan.