Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes – South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

Pharmacy teams that work in care homes to make sure residents get the most from the medication they take have been shown to improve care, reduce the risk of harm from medicines, and improve the quality of life for residents.

Pharmacy teams that work in care homes to make sure residents get the most from the medication they take have been shown to improve care, reduce the risk of harm from medicines, and improve the quality of life for residents.

 

To ensure more care home residents benefit from this care NHS England has released funding to each Integrated Care System (ICS) to enable them to recruit pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and put teams in place.

 

In the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS we have used this funding to recruit a team of 3 pharmacists and 5 pharmacy technicians who will work with care homes across Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Bassetlaw. The team will adopt an approach which looks at each person individually and addresses their particular needs in order to help them get the maximum benefit from the medication they take.

 

Working with local NHS services and other partners the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes Team will:

 

  • Ensure that medicines are used to their maximum benefit to the health and well-being of the resident and minimise negative side effects
  • Promote more shared decision making, where patients and families are more involved in decisions about which medicines to take and stop taking
  • Train and support care home staff, and create better medicines systems with care homes to reduce waste and inefficiency

 

The team, which is now in place, will work out of 3 bases to provide the service; these are:

Barnsley – to cover homes in Barnsley and Rotherham

Bassetlaw – to cover homes in Bassetlaw and Doncaster

Sheffield – to cover homes in Sheffield

 

To maximise their effectiveness as they deliver this new and exciting service the team is engaged in an 18 month specialist training programme delivered by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education – this will ensure that they have the expertise and skills to really ensure care home residents get the most from their medication.

 

This approach to medication, which includes a review of every care home patients’ medicines as well as reviewing the systems and processes used by the care homes, has been shown to be of immense benefit to care home residents, many of whom take multiple medicines to manage their conditions.

 

The approach also benefits the wider system, for example by reducing medicines waste and avoiding medicines related hospital admissions.

To contact the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes team, email: syb.moch@nhs.net 

In the film below the MOCH team members discuss what they do and the value they add.