Have a Say in Local Pharmacy Services

A number of public representatives are currently being sought to join NHS Forth Valley’s Pharmacy Practice Committee to help to represent the views of local people.

Lay members contribute to discussions on any applications to open new pharmacies across the area and ensure the decision-making process is open, transparent and follows relevant national guidance.

No previous experience is required but the Board is particularly keen to hear from people with local knowledge and experience of using primary care services and those who have some previous experience of contributing to committees or governance activities. However, training and support will be provided and applications are encouraged from anyone who is passionate about improving the quality of services for all and has the ability to represent the views and interests of local people. Good listening and questioning skills and the ability to be objective when faced with a range of different priorities and views is also vital.

Lay Members cannot be, have been or have worked for a doctor, dentist, optician or pharmacist.

The PCC meets regularly to ensure applications are heard in a timely manner however the Board is keen to recruit a network of public representatives to ensure that the commitment from lay members is no more than quarterly.

PPC Members are appointed for a three-year term, with an option for to extend this for a second three-year period. New members will have the opportunity to attend a training session, which will provide comprehensive information around the practical workings of the Committee, along with the chance to meet key personnel associated with the Committee

The role is unpaid however lay members can claim for any reasonable travelling or incidental expenses incurred.

To find out more and apply please read the briefing note or contact Carol Droubay, NHS Forth Valley Pharmacy Contracts Officer carol.droubay@nhs.scot or telephone 01786 457231.