Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC)
The role of the LPC is to represent, support, develop and promote NHS Community Pharmacy owners. LPC members are either elected or nominated to join the committee to represent contractors (Pharmacy owners’) views. They do not get paid, however they can claim expenses and locum fees for attending meetings. There are one or two paid officers e.g. Chief Executive Officer or Professional Executive Officer and LPC Secretary
- Looking after the interests of the local contractors and to give value for money.
- Consultation with NHS England – the LPC is a statutory body, recognised by Government and NHS England. NHS England is required to consult with LPCs but not required to act on that consultation e.g.
- Recently, the LPC had discussions on Christmas opening and asked for a review of the payment with a view to rationalising payment across Surrey and Sussex. NHS England has not agreed to this although they consulted The LPC and asked for the LPCs’ opinions.
There are now many new and different bodies affecting and commissioning the services that pharmacies provide: CCGs, Local Authorities, private providers e.g. substance misuse services across East Sussex and Brighton and Virgincare in Surrey, and GP Federations e.g. Brighton Integrated Care Services (BICs). None of these organisations are legally required to consult with us, though in practice they often do.
It is important the LPCs are well informed in all areas of community pharmacy so that they can try and negotiate fair terms and conditions for services that local commissioners want pharmacy to provide. However, pharmacies may choose to provide the service even if the LPC feels remuneration is too low.
LPCs are not responsible for service commissioning in any way, but they can provide support and advice about services.
LPCs are not allowed to hold a contract on behalf of pharmacies (e.g. a stop smoking service), however, they can facilitate the set up of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) of interested pharmacies to work together to bid for services.
Communication is one of the LPCs’ key responsibilities and they should provide up to date information to contractors through a newsletter, website, faxes and e-mails. They try and communicate with as many pharmacists as possible and would welcome feedback.
LPC meetings are open to all contractors and pharmacists. LPCs encourage you to join them and find out what they do.