There are many innovative service delivery models being commissioned across the country that see community pharmacists and their teams successfully integrated into care pathways.
Our resources page features published papers and peer reviewed articles evidencing the value of the role pharmacists and their teams play in both improving patient access to services and generating efficiency savings for a cash strapped NHS. There are many innovative service delivery models being commissioned across the country that see community pharmacists and their teams successfully integrated into care pathways. Pinnacle will always seek to share examples of best practice as one of our core aims is to remove commissioning barriers and evidence the value of such integration.
Hospital pharmacy staff were able to use an information technology (IT) platform (PharmOutcomes) to improve the coordination of care for patients transitioning back home from hospital.
Community pharmacists were able to contact the majority of patients and results indicate that patients receiving a follow-up consultation may have lower rates of readmission and shorter hospital stays.
Those patients who received a community pharmacist follow-up consultation had statistically significant lower rates of readmissions and shorter hospital stays than those patients without a follow-up consultation.
Abstract 0048 - International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
This evaluation sought to determine whether a structured domiciliary community pharmacist review was associated with changes in numbers of admissions, hospital bed days and deaths.
Community pharmacist review, as part of a reablement service, was associated with statistically significantly fewer admissions, hospital bed days and 30-day readmissions.
Structured domiciliary visits by community pharmacists, targeted to patients at high risk of medication-related problems, are likely to help patients stay out of hospital.
Please Note: There are an additional four abstracts in this journal edition (34, 62, 76 and 83) that utilised PharmOutcomes in their evaluations.
Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
These data point to a largely successful introduction of the HLP program in Portsmouth and the potential for improving client health.
Staff interviews suggest that adoption and sustainability of the scheme depend on achieving the right skill mix, including the introduction of healthy living champions, motivation of the entire staff team and the provision of adequate funding for services offered