We are delighted to confirm that Health Education England, on behalf of NHS England, has commissioned CPPE to deliver the Medicines optimisation in care homes training pathway for pharmacy professionals for those taking part in the NHS England Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes programme.
The Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes programme focuses on care home residents, across all types of care home settings and aims to deploy dedicated clinical pharmacy teams that will:
Over two years, there will be 600 places available for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, working a minimum of two days per week in a care home setting, to take part in a flexible 18-month pathway that will equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the objectives of the programme.
Objectives include achieving medicines optimisation for care home residents to improve their health outcomes through access to a clinical pharmacy team with the supporting infrastructure, and ensuring that residents and/or their families or carers are given the opportunity to be fully involved in decisions about their medicines.
The training will be delivered with the help of delivery partners and more details of the pathway will be published on the website as soon as they are available. The first cohort of learners is expected to start towards the end of April.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians interested in being part of this NHS England programme should regularly check the NHS England website for further information.
Dr Wazim Baqir, NHS England national pharmacy lead (care homes) says “the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes programme will see pharmacists and pharmacy technicians trained to support older frailer people and other people living in care homes, to get the best from medicines and by doing so, reduce risk of harm, improve quality and save NHS and care home resources”.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians recruited to the first wave of the NHS England programme will be notified when the training pathway enrolment process on our website is available. When enrolment is approved pharmacists will receive a welcome pack and will be offered a personal appointment with their education supervisor to assess their learning needs, discuss their pathway options and modules and start the online learning as soon as possible.
The NHS England programme is funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF). The aim of the PhIF is to support the development of clinical pharmacy practice in a wider range of primary care settings, resulting in more integrated and effective NHS primary care for patients. In particular, the fund intends to drive the greater use of community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in new, integrated local care models. This will improve access for patients, relieve the pressure on GPs and accident and emergency departments, ensure best use of medicines, drive better value and improve patient outcomes.