Community pharmacists are working in GP practices across Sheffield following a successful pilot programme.
Using investment from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund to improve access to GPs, the scheme releases GP time, improves medicines management and has been welcomed by the mainly elderly patients who have benefited from expert pharmacist advice and interventions.
In an era where NHS managers’ desks are straining under the weight of invoices from services and where the printers on clinicians’ desks are churning out more requests for pills and potions for a larger and increasingly older population, one area of the country is asking ‘what is the prescription for the future of healthcare’?
Staff education is a key factor in the improvement delivered through an integrated practice unit for diabetes in Camden, north London.
Lesley Roberts, who initially led the programme that was kick-started by a massive engagement event in late 2013, said: “We made it okay for people working in primary care and elsewhere to say they didn’t know much about diabetes.”
PCC has finalised its support programme for next year, designed to give commissioners access to essential expertise and training they need to make the system and service changes demanded by the Five Year Forward View.