Care home services
PSS has provided care home medication review services since 2009. One of our pharmacists
was involved in the ground breaking Care Homes Use of Medicines (CHUMS) study which
showed that 70% of residents were exposed to a medication error every day and modification
to treatment were needed for half of the medicines prescribed. We have run care
home medication review services in many areas of the UK including Leicester, Leeds,
Bradford, Airedale and Hampshire.
Our services have consistently highlighted that working closely with residents,
care home staff, GPs, community pharmacy, and other healthcare professionals can
identify unnecessary and inappropriate prescribing, and wasted medicines, thus reducing
the risk of harm
Our pharmacist led care home service
Domiciliary medication review
PSS has pioneered the development of primary care pharmacist services since 2000.
After the success of our care home medicines management service in Bradford which
produced net savings of £200/resident, and improved the quality of medication prescribing
and monitoring, a similar service was set up for house bound , socially isolated
people prescribed polypharmacy (Medicines Support at Home – MESH). A pilot in 2012
proved the benefits of the concept and the service has been recommissioned for a
second time by Bradford District and City CCGs.
Our pharmacist Medicines Support at Home (MESH) service.
Some of our pharmacists are also involved in the research of how to implement “deprescribing”
in a way that fully engages patients and carers; and how to use data bases to identify
patients most likely to benefit from medication reviews