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Community pharmacy project wins respiratory team of the year at BMJ awards

The Community Pharmacy Future project has won respiratory team of the year at The BMJ Awards 2014, held in London on 8 May.

The project — jointly funded by Boots UK, the Co-operative Pharmacy, Lloydspharmacy and Rowlands Pharmacy — assessed the delivery of care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients (COPD) and demonstrated the bigger role that pharmacy can play.

“This award is real recognition by the medical profession of the work that community pharmacists can do to improve the lives of patients with long-term conditions,” said Tricia Kennerley, healthcare public affairs director at Alliance Boots, who collected the award on behalf of the team.

The project included a case-finder service in the Wirral, North West England, which identified people with undiagnosed COPD for treatment. It also ran a support service to help COPD patients get the most from their medicines through improved understanding, adherence and inhaler technique.

“We are very pleased that the judges emphasised how our work was patient-led and that it demonstrates integrated care in action,” said Kennerley.

The COPD case-finder and COPD support services ran between September 2012 and June 2013, with continuing support for enrolled patients. Results of the project are due for publication in International Journal of Pharmacy Practice in late 2014.

Conversations about whether the services will be commissioned locally by the NHS are ongoing, according to Boots UK.  If rolled out across England, the project could save the NHS over £470m each year, according to estimates.

The services were designed in full consultation between the UK Department of Health, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), NHS Employers, national clinical directors and GP representatives.

Extension of the services to other pharmacies began in April 2013 with the financial support of the PSNC.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11138335

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  • The Community Pharmacy Future project team with associate editor of Thorax Eric Lim (far left), who presented the award

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