Tees Valley CCG has developed a model to improve care home provision across the area thanks to the efforts of partner organisation NHS North of England Commissioning Support (NECS).
The model provides the CCG with crucial support that allows care home residents to receive regular clinical pharmacist-led medicine reviews where needed and aids local authorities in ensuring quality and safety in care homes across the region.
The Tees Valley Medicines Optimisation Team from NECS have received recognition at the national PrescQIPP awards for their work over the last 12 months. Their entry, “Tees Valley Integrated Delivery Model for Enhanced MO Support to Care Homes” was highly commended and came in 2nd place.
The PrescQIPP awards offer recognition for innovation in primary care medicines optimisation, and the team’s entry received praise for supporting care home residents and delivering the objectives of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Support provided by the model has made a huge difference to both residents and staff. A care home manager said:
“Their guidance has given myself and my team skills and knowledge to implement within the care home to ensure we are following good practice guidelines.
“Thank you for being there when we needed.”
The team were also praised locally for their response during the pandemic, where they provided vital support to the care sector while it faced difficult and unprecedented change.
Upon presenting the award, the judge said:
“This is an extremely timely project, showing how the team grappled with the dual challenge of the re-engineering of system pharmacy care home teams as well as providing effective medicines optimisation support and intervention within the challenging restrictions of the pandemic.
“This is a great example of joined up working and the team have built a model which is sustainable into the future.”