When NHS Leicester Health Informatics Service (LHIS) was approached by local GPs to develop a referral management system, the idea was enthusiastically backed by the area’s three CCGs, who provided the funding to get the project off the ground. Four years later, the system is used by all 138 GP practices in the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) area and in 2017/18 supported 110,000 referrals across 130 conditions.
Health commissioners should not be lulled into a false sense of security around procurement by the title ‘light touch regime’.
That was the key message from Hempsons partner Deborah Ramshaw when she addressed a recent PCC workshop in London.
Ramshaw told participants that although the new regulatory regime, which came into force in April 2016, is less prescriptive than the full regulatory regime, commissioners and their NHS partners still face the very real threat of legal challenge if they fail to act reasonably and transparently. Read what else she had to say in our report from the event.
Sunderland’s approach to the piloting of clinical pharmacy in practice puts the emphasis on teamwork, mutual support and looking to the long term.
Megan Blythe, senior clinical pharmacist with Sunderland GP Alliance and one of those working in a practice as part of the pilot, says that the federation’s over-arching role could provide a model for others to follow.