Self-care Pharmacy First – Pilot scheme

The NCL ICB boroughs of Camden, Haringey, and Islington are running a pilot scheme called Self-care Pharmacy First for people on low income. The pilot scheme began on 1 July 2021 and an extension has been given for it to run until 31 March 2024.

Currently, the pilot scheme is available for socially vulnerable patients in Camden, Haringey, or Islington who are unable to purchase over the counter (OTC) medicines due to low income and so may not be able to afford to self-care. The aim of the scheme is to provide timely access to supply of medicines for the management of minor health conditions.

The scheme will support GPs with the implementation of the NHS England guidance, make better use of community pharmacies, whilst ensuring that the most deprived sections of the population receive the advice and treatment they need.

The scheme will be provided by a number of community pharmacies in Camden, Haringey, and Islington to patients who are registered with GP practices in these three boroughs. Patients who usually make an appointment to see their GP for minor conditions can instead visit their pharmacy to receive advice and treatment.