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Pharmacists should play “pivotal role” in PbC

21 September 2007

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Pharmacists need to be at the forefront of primary care redesign, says the Improvement Foundation.

If practice based commissioning (PbC) is to achieve its “full potential” in delivering high quality care then all primary care health providers should be contributing to the PbC process.

If pharmacists join GPs and primary care trusts (PCTs) then surgeries will have more power to increase and create innovative care pathways.

The Improvement Foundation will be upholding the link between GP surgeries and pharmacists by holiding two workshops on “PbC and pharmacy”.

Michelle Webster, PbC lead for the Improvement Foundation, said: “The aim of these workshops is to equip all attendees with the skills to take advantage of PbC opportunities, by understanding how to intergrate pharmacy provision of care into existing local pathways and how to redesign new care pathways that utilise the full range of pharmacy services.

“We will be focusing on such topics as how pharmacy can aid reducing emergency admissions through better management of chronic diseases and increasing patient satisfaction by providing medicine management closer to home.”

Steve Dun, managing director of AHH, said: “PbC is both a priority and a huge opportunity for pharmacists to play a pivotal role in supporting the NHS and demonstrate that their professionalism and skills have a vital part to play in the provision of local healthcare.”

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