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Making greater use of community pharmacy has been recommended as a way to help address “unwarranted variation” in mental health and community care services.

A review of mental health service provision across England was conducted by Lord Carter following a similar review of acute non-specialist trusts. His new report reckons that “there is still unwarranted variation which if eliminated could save the NHS nearly £1 billion in efficiencies by 2020-21”.

One of the aspects considered in the report was pharmacy and medicines optimisation, “a critical clinical service that had a profound impact on costs and care quality across the patient pathway,” said the report. 

“There were specific challenges facing trusts around the infrastructure that ensures the supply of medicines and how pharmacists were deployed across services delivered in the community and inpatient services,” it said. 

“Trusts should assess where they can make changes to allow pharmacists and other pharmacy staff to spend more time on patient-facing medicines optimisation, especially in community settings.”

Responding to the report, Sandra Gidley, Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s England Board welcomed the recognition that pharmacy services are underused in the community and mental health sectors.

“Pharmacists working across all sectors must be better integrated into care pathways to support patients with mental health conditions,” she said.

“Every mental health team should have access to a specialist mental health pharmacist whether the team is based in the community, in a mental health hospital or in an acute hospital. Specialist pharmacists can support colleagues to deliver the right care in different settings and of course advise patients directly too.”

She also welcomed the recommendations about encouraging pharmacist prescribers. “More resources are also required for the existing pharmacist workforce to undertake advanced clinical skills and qualify as independent prescribers,” she said. “Lord Carter’s second report has started an interesting debate which puts pharmacy at the forefront of patient care.”

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NHS Improvement announcement on Lord Carter’s Review        
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