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The first research paper for the Pharmacy Care Plan service has been peer-reviewed and published by PLOS ONE. The research paper was written in collaboration with independent academics from the University of East Anglia.

Pharmacy Care Plan service

  • Aimed at developing individually tailored care plans that help patients aged over 50 years old achieve their health goals.

  • Patients to be supported will be taking multiple medicines including those for cardiovascular disease and/or diabetes.

  • The service will be provided by 52 pharmacies in the North Kirklees and Wakefield areas. These include 10 each from the four companies plus 12 independent and supermarket pharmacies.

  • Our aim is to recruit 800-1,000 patients (up to 20 per pharmacy) and provide support for 12 months.

Pharmacy Care Plan - flow diagram

Our support for patients

  • Each eligible patient will have a one-to-one discussion with a pharmacist. Patients will explore and identify the health goals that are important to them.

  • The pharmacist will help the patient draw up a Patient Care Plan setting out individual goals and steps to be taken to achieve them. The pharmacist will supply the patient with relevant information guides, prepared by leading patient support groups.

  • Baseline data on general health and wellbeing as well as measurements of specific health conditions will be collected.

  • Information will be recorded in the Patient Care Plan. The patient will own this document and bring it with them to subsequent consultations.

  • The pharmacist will assess the patient’s adherence to their prescribed medicines and their skill with any devices (inhalers) being used. Appropriate support, advice and information will be given.

  • Medicines optimisation will be discussed using STOPP/START and other validated clinical tools for falls and pain management, as appropriate. Recommendations will be made to prescribers for changes in medication, where clinically indicated.

  • Patients will receive ongoing support from the pharmacy team whenever they return to collect prescribed medication. Progress towards health goals will be measured and new goals agreed where appropriate.

  • Patients can also visit the pharmacy at any time to discuss ongoing health and medicines-related issues.


Service evaluation

  • Data collected from patients in relation to their conditions, adherence, quality of life and activation (in relation to managing their own health and wellbeing) will be analysed by independent academics from the University of East Anglia.

  • Final results will be submitted for peer-reviewed publication

The Community Pharmacy Future project is a collaboration between
Boots
Well Pharmacies
Lloyds Pharmacy
Rowlands Pharmacy a company of the PHOENIX group