This report is the result of an investigation of five local voluntary sector organisations and uses case studies to show how voluntary sector organisations can become involved in the local healthcare agenda.
Faced with significant public health challenges, health commissioners in Portsmouth saw that community pharmacists could play a larger part in promoting healthy living and improving delivery of related services.
Thus was born the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) project, a collaborative initiative between NHS Portsmouth and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC).
Networks for primary care trust premises leads in the midlands are working to make the valuation process for GP practices more robust and cost-effective.
The initiatives reflect a coming together of PCT premises professionals in the West and East Midlands.
With more practices lodging costly appeals against valuations provided by the District Valuation Service, and other issues around reimbursement of rents, both networks are working to develop tools and improve processes.