Pharmacy Voice has added its support to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's campaign calling for closer cooperation between care homes and community pharmacies. It represents "an unmissable opportunity", according to chief executive Rob Darracott.
He called on the Government to recognise the value of the two care providers working together closely. In particular, he emphasised that the specific benefits community pharmacies bring in support of care homes should not be downplayed alongside what can be offered by an independently engaged pharmacist.
“Community pharmacies working closely with care homes can provide a myriad of benefits – both in terms of clinical outcomes and efficient use of resources. The unique offering that wider pharmacy teams offer goes beyond just dispensing medicines. Community pharmacists and their teams have already demonstrated the value they can add by training care home staff and overseeing compliance with various regulatory requirements in various successful trials across the country."
There are many examples of best practice to be found of community pharmacists providing vital and much needed help to the care homes in their community. However, inconsistent local commissioning and a constant shift in priorities from successive Governments has made it hard to build momentum, he said.
In order to ensure this potential is realised, Pharmacy Voice has called for:
Community pharmacies working closely with care homes can provide a myriad of benefits