Over recent years, our clinical pharmacy services have been re-designed to better meet the needs of patients and to also recognise the wider national agenda for clinical pharmacy development, as promoted in the National Service Frameworks, particularly for Older People; the Audit Commission’s “A Spoonful of Sugar”; and the NHS National Plan for Pharmacy; and the White Paper on Pharmacy.
Patient safety and the development of clinical pharmacy services across all three of our hospital sites are central to our pharmacy business strategy. Supported by ward-based technicians, our pharmacists visit the wards every weekday to undertake patient medication histories, clinically screen inpatient prescriptions to ensure the safe, cost-effective use of medication. We utilise patients own medication where possible, supplying medicines in original packs where not and aim to dispense as many discharge prescriptions at ward level as is possible. To support these goals, we provide our technicians with comprehensive training and assessment and have automated dispensing robots at two of our sites.
We are continually evolving our service to maximise the impact we can have on the clinical pharmacy services, especially in regard to patient safety. Utilisation of the electronic prescribing and medication administration (EPMA) system along with other Trust systems has allowed us to develop a means of identifying new and high-risk patients enabling the teams to appropriately prioritise their patients.
In recent years, we have further developed our advanced clinical pharmacy services to include:
- Independent prescribing pharmacists
- Ward based technicians
- Specialist technicians
- Pharmacist-led outpatient clinics
- Specialist pharmacy teams (e.g. HIV, cancer, antimicrobials)
- Advance level clinical practitioners (e.g within cystic fibrosis, diabetes)
Quality of service and patient safety are key to our developments, and this has been recognised through awards as listed here