In delivering the Five Year Forward View and the move towards prevention and empowering patients, the role of clinical pharmacy in both primary care and community pharmacy in reducing pressures on other NHS services, is significant. The opportunity to realise fully the potential of clinical pharmacy within primary care is illustrated in the recent Community Pharmacy reforms announced by the Department of Health (Oct 2016) and NHS England’s announcement of investment in 1,500 new jobs for pharmacists in general practice (April 2016). Central to these changes are the four principles of medicines optimisation provided by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society which enables efficiency savings to be made combined with improved patient outcomes.
The NHS Benchmarking Network’s Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation project aims to support Medicines Management teams by providing comparable data that can be used to inform decision making and evidence examples of effective medicines optimisation.
2016/17 benchmarking project
A total of 36 organisations provided data to the 2016/17 project. These organisations comprise CCGs from England and University Health Boards from the NHS in Wales.
As well as a national report and online toolkit, available to all Network members, bespoke reports were made available for participants for the first time.
2017/18 benchmarking project
Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation is included in the 2017/18 work programme, collecting 2016/17 data. Data collection has now closed. The Benchmarking & Good Practice in Pharmacy & Medicines Optimisation conference was held on 18th October; you can read more about the event here. Outputs for this project will be available in December 2017 via the members' area.
For queries about this project please contact Jessica Grantham.