Pharmacy Integration Fund of £42 million announced

A £42m Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) to support pharmacy to transform how it operates across the NHS has been launched.

The Pharmacy Integration Fund will support community pharmacy as it develops new clinical pharmacy services, working practices and digital platforms to meet the public’s expectations for a modern NHS community pharmacy service.

The aim of the PhIF is to support the development of clinical pharmacy practice in a wider range of primary care settings, resulting in more integrated and effective NHS primary care for patients.

In particular, the fund will drive the greater use of community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in new, integrated local care models.

This will improve access for patients, relieve the pressure on GPs and accident and emergency departments, ensure best use of medicines, drive better value and improve patient outcomes.