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PORTSMOUTH’S director of health has been appointed to a new national forum on pharmacy.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones will take his place on an 18-strong group with a remit from the government to provide leadership for the development and evaluation of public health practice for pharmacy.

The Pharmacy and Public Health Forum is a key part of the government drive to improve public health.

Dr Edmondson-Jones said: ‘Portsmouth’s nationally-acclaimed Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) initiative is evidence of the vitally-important role that community pharmacies can have in their neighbourhoods.

‘I am delighted to have been asked to join the forum.’

It is being chaired by Professor Richard Parish, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, who visited Portsmouth to see the HLPs a few weeks ago.

Other members include the chief executives of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the NHS Confederation and the president of the Faculty of Public Health.