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a care home imageMarch 16 2018

NHS England has announced plans to bring pharmacy expertise into care homes to address medication issues and help reduce unnecessary hospital stays.

Funding of £20 million from the Pharmacy Integration Fund will be provided to recruit 240 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. They will be employed to conduct medication reviews, in coordination with GPs and practice-based pharmacists. An estimated 180,000 people in nursing or residential homes will have their prescriptions and medicines reviewed.

NHS England says that elderly care home residents are being prescribed an average of seven medicines daily, “with around 10% of people aged 75 and over currently being prescribed 10 or more medicines.

“This is significant as studies suggest up to one in 12 of all hospital admissions are medicines-related and two thirds of these are preventable.”

The scheme follows on from NHS trials which have found that “pharmacists reviewing medicines improved patients’ quality of life by reducing unnecessary use and bringing down emergency admissions, with less time spent in hospitals. This approach also led to meaningful savings in unnecessary prescribing costs of £249 per patient in one pilot over a year.”

Six NHS England vanguard sites have been piloting pharmacy-intervention in care homes and found :

  • a 21% decrease in reported emergency hospital admissions;
  • a 7% reduction in oral nutritional support usage;
  • a reduction of up to 30% in ambulance call-outs;
  • drug cost savings of £125-£305 per resident.

Sandra Gidley, Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s England Board said: “Our overstretched NHS is crying out for solutions and this one is bang on target.” The RPS had highlighted medication concerns in a care home campaign in 2016.

“Pharmacists have long played a vital role in care homes, and the work done by the care home vanguards has been outstanding. This new move will continue the greater integration of pharmacists across primary and community settings to improve clinical outcomes and we know that colleagues will welcome the opportunity to provide more direct patient care.

“This is a great start and we’d encourage NHS England go even further and give pharmacists overall responsibility for medicines and their use in care homes.  This will drive up standards of patient safety and cut the estimated annual £24 million of medicines wasted in care homes every year.”

Links:
NHS England announcement    
RPS statement

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