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PACT


AS ExPRESSIon of IntERESt lEttERS go oUt to PHARMACIStS In tHE BAllYMEnA, lARnE AnD CARRICKfERgUS CoUnCIl AREAS, JonAtHAn lloYD tEllS PIf WHY IMPACt IS A gREAt oPPoRtUnItY foR CoMMUnItY PHARMACY.


IMPACt on CoMMUnItY PHARMACY WIll BE IMMEnSE


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t may be just over three months since the announcement that the Mid & East Antrim Agewell


Partnership (MEAAP) had received £1m in funding from the Dunhill Medical trust, but the wheels have already been set in motion for the recruitment of gPs and community pharmacists into this exciting and innovative pilot programme


the pilot will support the development of six localised health and wellbeing hubs, which will be co- ordinated by one strategic hub. the six local hubs (three urban and three rural) will partner with six gP practices, community pharmacists and staff from the health and social care sectors in an innovative project that will develop a network of care and support for older people at a local level, creating a bottom-up, asset-based approach using all of the resources in a local area, to ensure the health and wellbeing of older people.


Commencing in April this year, this programme will be delivered to a minimum of 1100 older people aged 70 years and over via up to 13,200 funded alternative care prescriptions, which will be facilitated by at least 36 Community Partnership Agreements to deliver a wide range of activities, services and support programmes.


for the purposes of the pilot, six community pharmacists representing All of the community pharmacies in the area will support each of the six gP hubs and, in order to find these six interested parties, community pharmacists are now being asked to


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submit expressions of interest to become an Involving Many to Prescribe Alternative Care together (IMPACt) hub pharmacist.


‘When MEAAP first secured the funding,’ says Primarycare and Community together (PACt) Director, Jonathan lloyd, ‘they wanted pharmacy input, but didn’t know where to begin. Community, trust or federation pharmacists were all discussed as options, but then PACt – an innovative new social enterprise which is designed to


with local host communities. the benefits of this socially innovative approach include: savings to hard-pressed health budgets, improving health outcomes, supporting local business and up-skilling and creating employment within communities.


‘PACt was initially set up for community pharmacy to work with the community and voluntary sector to see if it could bring in opportunities from outside the traditional pharmacy contract.


It’S gREAt tHAt CoMMUnItY PHARMACY IS WoRKIng MEAnIngfUllY In A MUltI- DISCIPlInARY tEAM AnD tHE UnIQUE


RESoURCES tHAt CoMMUnItY PHARMACY CAn offER WIll BE MAxIMISED AnD UtIlISED BY tHE MoSt VUlnERABlE PEoPlE, WHo nEED It MoSt


deliver targeted, local, patient-centred public health and medicines to support initiatives that address some of the most entrenched health issues facing society today - suggested to MEAAP that the solution was to use a different, ‘federated’ model of community pharmacy. As a result, PACt is now partnered with MEAAP to deliver the pharmacy side of the initiative.


‘PACt has emerged from the socially innovative strategy of the Ulster Chemists’ Association (UCA) and will use its unique network of community pharmacy outlets to deliver programmes in partnership


‘We have worked very hard to keep close to the services already tied in to the contract, such as MURs, smoking cessation and are working closely with the ‘third sector’ to see if there’s anything that community pharmacy can do to progress the initiative to the next stage.’


once expressions of interest are received, the IMPACt strategic committee will interview for the IMPACt hub pharmacist positions. the IMPACt hub pharmacists will attend monthly meetings at their allocated gP hubs and, where necessary, a referral will be made to the client’s usual community


pharmacy to carry out HSCB- commissioned community pharmacy services.


needless to say, Jonathan lloyd believes that IMPACt provides a great opportunity for all pharmacists within the designated area of the pilot programme to get involved. ‘It’s great,’ Jonathan told Pif ‘that community pharmacy is working meaningfully in a multi-disciplinary team and the unique resources that community pharmacy can offer will be maximised and utilised by the most vulnerable people, who need it most.


‘other health professionals and carers can now be confident that, within the IMPACt project, community pharmacy services will now be structured and integrated into mainstream healthcare provision.’


‘the IMPACt model clearly meets the requirements of ‘Health & Wellbeing 2026’ for co-designing and co- producing services for older people with a focus on health and wellbeing,’ says Chair of PACt, Paula McDaid.


‘IMPACt's vision is to 'Improve the quality of life for older people by providing them with person-centred services and support to improve and meet the health and wellbeing outcomes that matter most to them – putting wellbeing on par with medical needs using an integrated healthcare model – thereby reducing dependency on the unscheduled use of primary and secondary health and social care services.’ •


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