DHSSPS Minister Edwin Poots MLA recently announced the new Medicines Use Review service aimed at helping people with respiratory conditions, who are taking multiple medications, to manage their medicines more effectively. The new service, which came into effect in April 2013, allows community pharmacists to review medication face to face with the patient and to offer their professional advice on how to best to manage prescribed medications.
The Minister commented: “This is good for patients. The proposed vision for our public health framework is to ensure that all people are enabled and supported in achieving their full health potential and well-being. This new service which has been welcomed by the Regional Respiratory Advisory Group will maximise this support for people with respiratory problems”.
The new service aligns to the objective of delivering services closer to home as set out in Transforming Your Care. It will see an increased clinical role for community pharmacy as underpinned by the ongoing refresh of the strategy for the provision of pharmaceutical services in the community.
Gerard Greene, CPNI Chief Executive explained the positive impact the service will have for community pharmacy, “Significant collaborative work over the past few months by HSCB, DHSSPS and CPNI has resulted in the roll-out of the targeted Respiratory MUR in recent weeks. CPNI is particularly encouraged by the manner in which Contractors and pharmacy staff have embraced this important service as illustrated by over 800 community pharmacists attending the NICPLD facilitated MUR workshops in a 2 week period after Easter.
Over the coming weeks pharmacists will begin providing this important service to patients and as with as with any new service there will inevitably be a bedding in period. We would encourage anyone who requires any additional information about the service to contact CPNI offices.”
CPNI & HSCB anticipate other services to be developed, using the respiratory MUR as a stepping stone in that development, over the coming months that will deliver health benefits to patients and see community pharmacy playing a much more integral role within what is a changing health service.
Documentation relating to the service can be found at the following link: http://www.hscbusiness.hscni.net/services/2427.htm