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Transfers of Care Around Medicines (TCAM)
We are doing a number of projects to improve the transfer of information about medicines between hospital, community pharmacy and GP's. This will help people access the right support for help and advice about their medicines and improve safety by making sure everyone has the same information.
Clinical handover to community pharmacy: this project will enable patients to be referred from hospital to their community pharmacist for review of their medicines, which is especially important if they have started a new medicine or are having difficulties with an existing medicine. In July 2016 work at Dorset County Hospital with Pinnacle Healthcare provided a secure electronic interface between the Hospital IT system and PharmOutcomes, the Community Pharmacy System used in our area. This has enabled seamless and fast population of patient data to refer to their community pharmacist. Patients are assessed by a pharmacist in hospital and if they have started any new medicines, or are having difficulties or concerns about their medicines, they are, with their consent, referred directly to their Community Pharmacist for services such as Medicines Use Reviews or New Medicines Service. They will need to go to the pharmacy for these services.
Specialist Pharmacy Follow up: it is becoming common for people to take a lot of different medicines, especially as they get older and develop more health problems. We are piloting an outreach pharmacist intervention from Dorchester hospital to older patients discharged home with many and/or complicated medicines, who are not able to get to their community pharmacy. A Pharmacist will visit them at home, talk through how they are getting on with their medicines, check their supply and provide any help or advice needed. They will also liaise with the GP practice to update them with any changes and to make sure everyone has the same information. The pharmacist will make up to 3 visits to provude continuity and check how the patient is getting on with any changes. The Portsmouth Reablement project is providing this support through referral to a specialist community pharmacy service.
Increased use of Medicines use Reviews (MURs) and New Medicines Service (NMS): We are looking at ways to improve patients’ awareness of these services.
MOTIVE: this project on the Isle of Wight is building on the success of the Pharmacy Reablement project which showed that patients who received a community pharmacy medicines review in their own home had fewer and shorter admissions. MOTIVE provides a hospital pharmacist assessment for every patient and referral to a variety of services as required.
TCAM: Report of work to date
PharmOutcomes Hospital referral - Final.pdf
IOW Community Pharmacy Reablement Overview.docx
TCAM: Paper to secure AHSN support for national template and data set
TCAM: RTP core data set - referral
TCAM: RTP core data set - follow up