In January 2017, in partnership with PrescQIPP, Eastern AHSN worked with Chief Pharmacists from across the region to determine 3 collaborative projects to address Lord Carter’s recommendations for reducing unwarranted variation and improving productivity and efficiency.
One of these areas, digital pharmacy, aimed to explore opportunities for enhancing clinical pharmacy handover from acute providers to community pharmacists in order to support patients better adhere to medications, reducing potential adverse effects and unnecessary hospital visits.
Results from implementation of PharmOutcomes in Newcastle, showed that those patients who received community pharmacist follow-up consultation had statistically significant lower rates of readmissions and shorter hospital stays than those patients without a follow-up consultation. A summary of the findings from the evaluation can be found here.
Eastern AHSN is offering secondary care providers the opportunity to participate in a programme to accelerate rollout of PharmOutcomes across the region.
For Trusts, we will fund the first years’ licence fees and support coordination and implementation of the programme with regional project management support. We will also work closely with PrescQIPP and the Local Pharmacy Committees to support training and education among community pharmacists.
Organisations wishing to participate in the programme will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. MoUs will be expected to be signed prior to any work commencing.
If you are interested in participating in the programme, please contact us expressing your interest at STPsupport@eahsn.org by no later than 31st August.
For more information on this opportunity or if you have any questions, please contact: STPsupport@eahsn.org