NHS England Local Professional Network (LPN) for Pharmacy
Local Professional Networks have been established in each NHS area covering pharmacy, dentistry and eye health communities. The remit of the LPN is to ensure that the contribution of these professional groups is maximised in the improvement of outcomes and reduction in inequalities. LPNs will need to work closely with Strategic Clinical Networks, Academic Health Science Networks, Senates as well as commissioners, providers and patients. The LPN Single Operating Framework was released in March 2013.
The Staffordshire and Shropshire LPN for pharmacy is chaired by Dr Manir Hussain who is employed 1 day per week to fulfil this role. He is also Head of Medicines Management for North Staffordshire CCG and he is an excellent advocate for the pharmacy profession.
It is the aim of the LPN to work with the Area Team to ensure that pharmacy is seen as part of the NHS team delivering great outcomes for patients in both primary and secondary care and to support patients living with Long Term Conditions.
Shropshire and Staffordshire LPN for Pharmacy
The LPN has set up Five Work Streams:
Professional Leadership and Workforce Development
Therapeutic – Respiratory