Now or Never: Shaping Pharmacy for the Future – Nuffield Trust for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) – 10 December 2014

Posted on December 10, 2014. Filed under: Pharmacy | Tags: , |

Now or Never: Shaping Pharmacy for the Future – Nuffield Trust for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) – 10 December 2014

“In 2013 the RPS established a Commission on Future Models of Care Delivered Through Pharmacy. The commission’s report, Now or Never: Shaping Pharmacy for the Future, urged the RPS to take the lead in enabling pharmacists in England to take on roles in patient care.

The RPS accepted this accountable role, and followed the recommendation in Now or Never by commissioning an independent review from the Nuffield Trust to assess progress towards achieving the report’s vision.

Now More Than Ever: Why Pharmacy Needs to Act sets out the findings from this review. It comes soon after NHS England’s Five Year Forward View created broader opportunities for pharmacists than ever before, opening the door for them to provide frontline urgent and out-of hours care services, and work as part of new GP federations.”

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Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services [Revised, version 2] – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – July 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014. Filed under: Pharmacy | Tags: |

Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services [Revised, version 2] – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – July 2014

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“In 2012, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society published professional standards for hospital pharmacy services. These professional standards aimed to ensure that patients receive a high quality pharmacy service across the full range of service providers, whether provided in house or outsourced. We identified 10 overarching professional standards, under which sit several ‘dimensions’of practice that encompass all pharmacy services across a range of care settings.

In 2014, we are delighted to re-launch the refreshed professional standards, which have been revisited in light of the Francis review of events at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and the response to that review, the report of the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England (commonly referred to as the Berwick report).

More emphasis has been given to some of the key themes, including:”

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New medicines, better medicines, better use of medicines: a guide to the science underpinning pharmaceutical practice – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – May 2014

Posted on May 12, 2014. Filed under: Pharmacy | Tags: |

New medicines, better medicines, better use of medicines: a guide to the science underpinning pharmaceutical practice – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – May 2014

Report: New medicines, better medicines, better use of medicines: a guide to the science underpinning pharmaceutical practice – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – May 2014

“Pharmaceutical science in the UK has a long and excellent record of medicines research and development, being at the forefront of many major advances in modern medicines and their use.

The guide, New Medicines, Better Medicines, Better Use of Medicines, developed by the Society’s Pharmaceutical Science Expert Advisory Panel, summarises the important role pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists have played and continue to play in the development and use of medicines. It highlights the major challenges and opportunities faced when creating new medicines, improving existing medicines or ensuring the better, safer, use of medicines. The guide contains seven recommendations arising from the challenges, and which identify areas for development, expansion, change and innovation for the future.”

 

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Handbook for Homecare Services in England – Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) – 7 May 2014

Posted on May 12, 2014. Filed under: Pharmacy | Tags: , , |

 

Handbook for Homecare Services in England – Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) – 7 May 2014

 

“The RPS believes that patients receiving homecare services must receive consistently high quality services so they can get the best outcomes from their medicines. Multiple agencies need to work together to ensure the seamless provision of this care. The Handbook for Homecare Services in England is designed to further support this aim, by sharing best practice and facilitating shared care for those involved in the provision of medicines.”

 

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Professional Standards for Homecare Services – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – 9 September 2013

Posted on September 12, 2013. Filed under: Pharmacy | Tags: |

Professional Standards for Homecare Services – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – 9 September 2013

These overarching developmental standards give a broad framework which will support teams providing and commissioning homecare services to improve services continually and to shape future services and pharmacy roles to deliver quality patient care. These standards will help patients experience a consistent quality of homecare services, irrespective of homecare provider, that will protect them from incidents of avoidable harm and help them to get the best outcomes from their medicines.”

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Professional standards for hospital pharmacy services; optimising patient outcomes from medicines – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – 9 September 2013

Posted on September 12, 2013. Filed under: Pharmacy | Tags: |

Professional standards for hospital pharmacy services; optimising patient outcomes from medicines – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – 9 September 2013

“From admission through to discharge, across multiple care pathways, and in a range of settings, (e.g. acute hospitals, in the community, homecare provision), patients access hospital pharmacy services.

To ensure that patients experience a consistent quality of hospital pharmacy services, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has defined ten overarching professional standards. These standards, (applicable across the full range of service providers in Great Britain) will help ensure patients are protected from incidents of avoidable harm and get the best outcomes from their medicines.

The ten overarching standards give:”

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Medicines Optimisation: Helping patients to make the most of medicines. Good practice guidance for healthcare professionals in England – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – May 2013

Posted on May 14, 2013. Filed under: Pharmacy | Tags: |

Medicines Optimisation: Helping patients to make the most of medicines. Good practice guidance for healthcare professionals in England – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – May 2013

News release 

“The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is calling on all care professionals to provide more help for patients with their medicines to improve outcomes and avoid medicines waste.

The Society has today published Medicines Optimisation: helping patients make the most of medicines, providing four guiding principles to help front-line professionals in England support patients to improve their quality of life and outcomes from better use of medicines.

Developed with health professionals, patients, lay representatives and patient groups, the principles are endorsed by NHS England, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England, said:
“This important document represents a collaboration between patients and the health professionals that care for them. It sets out four simple but important principles of “medicines optimisation” that could revolutionise medicines use and outcomes:

aim to understand the patient’s experience
make sure choice of medicine is made on the best available evidence
ensure medicines use is as safe as possible
make medicines optimisation part of routine practice

I would encourage everyone to adopt these principles whether prescribing, dispensing, administering or taking medicines.”

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Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – 31 July 2012

Posted on August 1, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Professions, Pharmacy, Workforce | Tags: |

Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – 31 July 2012

Supporting resources for Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy

Media release

“We are pleased to announce the launch of the RPS Professional Standards for Hospital Pharmacy Services: Optimising patient outcomes from medicines. The standards have been developed by a wide range of stakeholders across GB and covers pharmacy services delivered by acute, mental health, private and community service providers.

The 10 overarching standards underpin patient experience and the safe, effective management of medicines within and across organisations.  They will enable patients to experience a consistent quality of service within and across healthcare providers, that helps protect them from incidents of avoidable harm and enables them to get the best outcomes from their medicines.”

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Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers – getting the medicines right. Final report – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – June 2012

Posted on June 20, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Patient Safety, Pharmacy | Tags: |

Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers – getting the medicines right. Final report – Royal Pharmaceutical Society – June 2012

Extract from the media release

“A new report published today by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society calls for improvements to the transfer of information about medicines when patients move between care settings.

Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers: Getting the medicines right outlines the results of a six-month project involving over 30 healthcare organisations which volunteered to implement RPS guidance on transfer of medicines information.  The guidance was endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and had a joint foreward from the Medical Director of the NHS, the Chief Nursing Officer and the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer.

The likelihood that an elderly medical patient will be discharged on the same medicines that they were admitted on is less than 10%[1]. Between 28-40% of medicines are discontinued during hospitalisation[2] and 45% of medicines prescribed at discharge are new medicines[3]. Around 60% of patients have 3 or more medicines changed during their hospital stay[4] and adverse drug events occur in up to 20% of patients after discharge.

“Getting the transfer of medicines information right can be challenging as patients follow complex pathways and systems vary between providers.  However, it’s totally unacceptable that poor transfer of medicines information continues to compromise patient care” said RPS Policy and Practice Lead Heidi Wright.

“Strategies must improve and the experiences of the volunteer sites in driving change in their organisations have created a set of recommendations which should be adopted across the NHS”.

The recommendations of the report are:”

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Involvement, Shared Decision-Making and Medicines – The Royal Pharmaceutical Society – 30 November 2011

Posted on December 9, 2011. Filed under: Patient Participation, Pharmacy | Tags: |

Involvement, Shared Decision-Making and Medicines – The Royal Pharmaceutical Society – 30 November 2011

by Professor Alan Cribb

“The report focuses on a long neglected but much discussed driver of quality in healthcare: joint decision-making between professionals and patients.

There is an increasing emphasis on more partnership working between clinicians and patients and shared decision-making about treatment choices, rather than merely choices about such things as treatment venue. This is needed for reasons of both effectiveness and ethics.”

 

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