LPNs are the future for local professional clinical leadership. So, once Clinical Commissioning groups (CCGs) get up and running, the Pharmacy LPN will provide this leadership
They are committees that represent professional groups (in our case - pharmacy) - which will give advice to, and will influence the thinking of, Clinical commissioning Groups (CCGs).
LPC members must be part of this group - along with other stakeholder representatives - such as (but not exclusively):- secondary care, university pharmacy departments, commissioners, the LPF, medicines management teams and perhaps pharmacy technicians...The LPC cannot be the LPN, or part of it, as the LPN is actually part of the local area team (which is itself part of the National Commissioning Board). Clearly "governance" will play a major part to ensure conflicts of interests are managed carefully.
The Pharmacy LPN in our area will have a core membership and will draw on other expertise when required and will, as a consequence, be the "think tank" for clinical service re-design.
The LPN will be funded by the NHS.
Outputs from the LPN will undoubtedly lead to commissioning of appropriate new services. As CCGs are not up-and-running yet, LPNs are being led by the PCT. Very little is happening at the moment in our locality, however, and the clock is ticking...which is worrying, particularly as our area was chosen as a pilot site, - and, in any case, we must have one by April!