Local Professional Network (LPN) Surrey and Sussex
Surrey and Sussex Local Professional Network for pharmacy
Local Professional Networks are a key part of providing sustainable leadership for the NHS and should work across the commissioning and provider services as a catalyst for change in the modernised NHS. Local Professional Networks (LPN) are hosted and supported by the area teams of NHS England
The role of the LPN is to ensure a holistic approach to commissioning services by working with a range of stakeholders to lead transformation to deliver improved outcomes, reduce inequalities, reduce service variation and ensure quality of access to high quality, efficient services for the population of England
More details on the roles of the LPNs can be found in the diagram on page 3 and here http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/commissioning/primary-care-comm/lpn/
Membership of the LPN steering group and wider network
Surrey and Sussex area team is the largest area team in England and covers a wide geographical area with 13 clinical commissioning groups, 8 acute trusts, 4 local authorities and 543 community pharmacies as well as other commissioners and providers.
The LPN single operating framework says that members should not be appointed to the steering group to represent a professional interest or particular sector but for the quality of their leadership, professional credibility, knowledge and added value they will bring. However, the discussions and feedback from stakeholders at the LPN launch event on 28th February 2014 strongly indicated that there should be wide representation on the Surrey and Sussex LPN steering group with a wider network to draw upon for smaller work stream task and finish sub groups as required.
We are fortunate in the south east to already have good networks across pharmacy which function well but there is no one network that covers all sectors. The LPN role is to bring these together with other stakeholders to ensure high quality care, a reduction in service variation and reduce inequalities. To this end, it is proposed that the initial steering group should consist of 20-25 people and include wide representation but at the same time ensuring that members are able to contribute fully and be able to engage with the LPN work plan. We would also like to have a wider network of people who would be willing to support the work plans and task and finish groups.On the next pages there are diagrams to describe the proposed structure.