Community pharmacists were known in the past as chemists. Like GPs, community pharmacists are part of the NHS family. Every day about 1.6 million people visit a pharmacy in England. Community pharmacies are situated in high street locations, in neighbourhood centres, in supermarkets and in the heart of the most deprived communities. Many are open long hours when other health care professionals are unavailable. There are several different types and sizes of community pharmacies ranging from the large chains with shops on every High Street or in edge of town supermarkets, to small individually owned pharmacies in small communities in the suburbs and often in deprived areas or rural settings. The traditional role of the community pharmacist as the healthcare professional who dispenses prescriptions written by doctors has changed. In recent years community pharmacists have been developing clinical services in addition to the traditional dispensing role to allow better integration and team working with the rest of the NHS.
- 30 December 2014
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Pharmaceutical, Medical
- Local Alliances:
- Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
Pharmacy4homes is a specialist pharmacy services provider that supports the full spectrum of medicines related care for residential, nursing home or increasingly, domicilliary patients.
Due to the specific demographics of the population that we largely service, we are in constant contact with patients with demebntia and their carers/ families.
Pharmacy4homes fully endorses and supports the key principles as detailed in the national dementia Declaration and will provide support and advice to as many patients with dementia and carers in our community.
We support the ????cation of evidence based dementia care in relation to medicines and will actively engage, collaborate and signpost with other organisations involved in dementia care.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The challenges we face include:
* The present pharmacy contract does not support clinical pharmacy advice in care ???????
* Poor awareness of dementia amongst pharmacy staff
Look to act on any advice provuided by the local branch of Alzheimer's Society based in Shipley.
Staff and team development
* Nominate Dementia Friends Champion
* Raise awareness amongst team
* Encourage all staff to attend CPWY, CPPE modules etc.
- Implementation, Planning
Optimising medicines and patient support
* Use of monitored dosage system appropriately
* Develop an enhanced signposting directory for local dementia organisations
* Complete any relevant training ?????? eg CPPE
Organise a meeting on dementia awareness and market to all care homes that we work with
Linking to local communities
Establish links with Bradford Dementia Group based at University of Bradford