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NEWS £2m funding for pharmacy practice in care homes model


RESEARCHERS FROM QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST AND THE UNIVERSITIES OF EAST ANGLIA, ABERDEEN AND LEEDS, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NHS SOUTH NORFOLK CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (CCG), HAVE SUCCEEDED IN WINNING A £2 MILLION PROGRAMME GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH RESEARCH (NIHR) FOR A FIVE YEAR PROGRAMME OF RESEARCH INTO MEDICINES MANAGEMENT IN CARE HOMES.


The Queen’s University Belfast contribution will be led by Professor Carmel Hughes, from the School of Pharmacy. Professors David Wright and Richard Holland from the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine respectively at the University of East Anglia, are leading the research.


A national report identified large numbers of medication errors in care homes and recommended that one individual should be responsible for medicines management. Emerging evidence indicates that pharmacist independent prescribers can practise in a safe and effective manner and so, the team of researchers applied for


funding to develop a pharmacist independent prescriber model of medicines management in care homes. The funded programme aims to determine the cost-effectiveness of pharmacist independent prescribers working in care homes in an integrated manner with general practitioners and care home staff.


The proposal is for a resident’s GP to continue to manage acute problems and assume overall responsibility for individual resident care whilst the pharmacist independent prescriber will assume responsibility for medicines management primarily through the development of individualised pharmaceutical care plans and repeat prescription authorisation.


The first year of the project will involve working with all stakeholders to develop the service specification. In year two a small feasibility study will be undertaken in each area which will then lead onto a pilot and then proceed to a randomised controlled trial.


Professor Hughes, from the School of Pharmacy at Queen's, said, "This is an


incredibly exciting opportunity for GPs and pharmacists to work together to improve patient care in the primary care setting. It is great that we have been given sufficient time and funding to develop and test the model before moving to a full trial. By determining the cost-effectiveness of the intervention rather than just its effectiveness we also increase the chance of the service being adopted more widely at a later date.”


Academic leads: • University of East Anglia: Professors David Wright and Richard Holland


• Queen’s University Belfast: Professor Carmel Hughes


• University of Aberdeen: Professor Christine Bond and Professor Phyo Myint


• University of Leeds: Dr David Alldred Pharmacy role in patient standards


THE NORTHERN IRELAND HEALTH SERVICE HAS LAUNCHED FIVE STANDARDS FOR ALL STAFF ACROSS ALL SERVICES, TO HELP PATIENTS AND THOSE WHO RECEIVE SOCIAL CARE FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THEY ARE BEING CARED FOR WITH COMPASSION AND PROFESSIONALISM.


The five standards are:


Respect – Attitude – Behaviour – Communication - Privacy – Dignity


As pharmacies play an integral role within the health service of Northern Ireland and come into contact with so many people every day, they provide the ideal setting for individuals to find out what they should expect to receive from their services.


Leaflets and posters have be designed to help inform people of the five standards.


You can learn more by visiting: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/ patient-standards


UCA have been liaising with Patient and Client Council to raise awareness of these standards amongst community pharmacies.


A pack containing posters and client leaflets will be distributed by United Drug Sangers in September to all community pharmacies.


“Community pharmacy is the ideal place to spread the message amongst patients and clients about how they should expect to be treated when


Pharmacy Management National Seminar for Northern Ireland


A PHARMACY MANAGEMENT NATIONAL SEMINAR ENTITLED ‘MEDICINES OPTIMISATION, A SYNCHRONISED APPROACH?’ WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY 6 OCTOBER 2015 AT RIDDEL HALL, STRANMILLIS ROAD, BELFAST BT9 5EE.


This is a free event for all NHS Pharmacists in Northern Ireland and will feature presentations from Dr Mark Timoney, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and Joe Brogan, Assistant


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Director of Integrated Care & Head of Pharmacy and Medicines Management at the Health and Social Board.


Satellite sessions will look at Mental Health & Adherence, Using QI Methodology for Medicines Safety Work and Respiratory Case Management.


Register by sending an email to katie.fraser@pharman.co.uk stating


your wish to attend the meeting and commence your email with ‘I would like to reserve a place at the National Seminar on Tuesday 6 October at Riddel Hall, Belfast.’


engaging with the health service. They are certainly standards which all pharmacies strive to achieve day in, day out, as they care for people in their communities,” said Adrienne Clugston, UCA Secretary.


NEW COMMITMENT TO TACKLING OBESITY


Last month (July) saw the publication of outcomes for the period 2015- 2019 to support implementation of A Fitter Future for All 2012-2022, the strategy for preventing and addressing overweight and obesity in Northern Ireland.


Publishing the outcomes that he wishes to see achieved over the period, Simon Hamilton said, “Overweight and obesity are well- proven risk factors for many long-term health conditions and there are too many people in Northern Ireland whose weight may be contributing towards their current or future ill health.


“The 2015-19 outcomes within A


Fitter Future for All illustrate my continued commitment, along with that of other Government Departments, agencies, and partners, to try and improve the quality of people’s lives by promoting better food and nutritional habits, and increasing participation in physical activity.”


The outcomes have been drawn up to enable further development and implementation towards realising the long term outcomes set in the strategy. Outcomes to cover the period 2015-2019 include, for example:


• Child carers’ attendance at Nutrition Matters for the Early Years training a requirement for registration; • Councils’ supported to have a play and leisure policy and action plans in place; • Increased opportunities for participation in play and physical activity for children and young people particularly in areas of deprivation; • Active Travel to / from workplaces further supported and work undertaken with employers on workplace physical activity schemes.


The Minister concluded, “This is a long-term challenge which will require long-term action and commitment from service and delivery providers, health professionals, employers, government departments and most importantly, from people themselves.”


The 2015-19 outcomes framework is available on the DHSSPS website at www.dhsspsni.gov.uk


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