2018 Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Project – Results published

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The Network welcomes the publication of the 2018 Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation project reports and toolkit, presenting the results of this year’s benchmarking project.

The project analyses key metrics such as the structure of pharmacy services, policies and procedures, hours of availability, IM&T, clinical pharmacy, and home care.

This year was the fourth round of the Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation project. 188 organisations registered for the project, which has grown from 138 in the project’s first year. The project received excellent coverage with England, Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands participating.

The project was again open to all NHS provider organisations. Almost two-thirds of participants were responsible for the pharmacy services at more than one major hospital site and around half supported other patient care sites (including community hospitals). 77% of participants supported NHS acute services, 48% NHS mental health services and 62% NHS community services. This confirms the wide brief of Pharmacy departments which frequently extends beyond the main care sector of the host provider organisation.

The project found that the work undertaken to reduce the growth in medicines expenditure has been increasingly effective and continued to track the growing focus on clinical pharmacy. Pharmacy service remain one of the most rapidly evolving areas in the NHS, with change driven by new medicines, new technologies and cost pressures. The benchmarking project seeks to support those managing these services by providing a structured approach to making comparisons against other services and sharing good practice.

The outputs of the project contain a wealth of information about the current state of NHS Pharmacy services in the UK. The national reports, bespoke reports and desktop toolkit enable participants to compare their services structure, activity and performance against both national and peer organisations. Participants should find the information helpful in developing local business plans, identifying areas for service improvement, workforce strategy, briefing clinical teams, providing assurance to exec teams and boards, and as a source of evidence for business cases.

If you have any questions or comments about the project, please contact Aidan Rawlinson, to request access to the members’ area, or find out more about Network membership, please contact enquiries@nhsbenchmarking.nhs.uk.