Inconsistent pharmacy leadership in ICSs fuels professional disconnect, PPP report says

“Only around half of ICSs have a Chief Pharmacist,” indicating a significant gap in leadership that hampers the pharmacy sector‘s ability to influence
critical healthcare decision, a report on medicine optimisation by the Public Policy Projects (PPP) highlights.

In PPP’s latest report, a notable concern highlighted is the inadequate representation of pharmacy leadership within Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) despite the
role of pharmacy being “central in the delivery of system priorities, with pivotal roles in improving population health and tackling inequalities”.

In recent years, the role of pharmacy within the NHS has evolved significantly with recent developments including Pharmacy First Services and legislative
amendments that allows pharmacy technicians under PGDs to administer and supply medicines.