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powerofpeople1November 4 2015

A care home medication review scheme has been chosen as the subject of the first of a series of films showing health professionals working together.

The film, ‘Pills: reviewing medication in care homes’, highlights the success of the scheme running by the Northumbria NHS Trust. It shows how pharmacists and GPs have been working together to reduce unnecessary prescribing, improving residents’ quality of life, and reducing side effects.

Key points made by the film are that:

  • care homes in north Tyneside taking part in the medication review project have reduced the amount of medicine prescribed to residents by 17%
  • for every £1 invested in the review process, £2.38 has been saved in medication costs
  • the new process helped to reduce the overall yearly medication budget by nearly £78,000 across the 20 care homes, equivalent to £184 per person reviewed
  • nurses now need less time to administer medications, giving them an extra hour a day to focus on caring for residents.

The scheme was initially trialled in 20 care homes, but its success means it was offered to an additional 3,000 care home residents across Northumberland this summer. The scheme involves clinical pharmacists carrying out structured reviews, using notes from the resident’s care home, GP and hospitals visits.

“Their findings were then discussed at an appointment held at the care home which involved the resident, the resident’s family, a pharmacist and a nurse from the care home. Where possible, the resident’s GP also attended this meeting. Together, they made decisions with each resident about which medications to stop, change or add.”

Other films will be released on a weekly basis by the Health Foundation under the theme ‘the Power of People’. They include the involvement of telecare for people with diabetes to remind them to measure blood sugar levels, a scheme to support mental health illness, a 24-hour phone support service for people with a terminal diagnosis, and projects led by health professionals in a hospital setting.

The series of films has been commissioned by the Health Foundation, “an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.” Will Warburton, Director of Improvement at the Health Foundation, said: “These films show what can be achieved when people are given the time and resources to transform and improve patient care. The Health Foundation helped to get these projects off the ground, and we’re proud of what they’ve achieved.

“There is a lot of excellent work being done in the NHS and beyond, and it’s important to celebrate that. We hope these films will be shared widely and inspire others to recognise the power in themselves to generate change. The demands on the NHS are growing – the ideas of the people working in the health service will be essential in meeting this challenge.”

The Health Foundation has also selected a community pharmacy scheme as one of 21 projects for inclusion in the second round of its £1.5 million innovation programme. The project, ‘Enhanced atrial fibrillation (AF) medicines use reviews using AliveCor monitors to improve the identification and treatment of patients with AF’ will be led by the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and run for 15 months.

In it, community pharmacists will carry out enhanced medicines use reviews for patients with risk factors for developing AF. These consultations will include using an AliveCor monitor, an innovative ECG device which measures patients’ heart rate and rhythm.

Links:

The Health Foundation announcement

HF Power of People ‘Pills’ film

HF Power of People medication review project overview

HF 21 project announcement

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