Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Health and social care

Pharmacy playing part in devolved Manchester health and care structure

The Care Quality Commission has found two instances where community pharmacy is playing an effective part in Manchester’s health and social care system.

Manchester city centre

Source: Shutterstock.com

Pharmacy plays a role in devolved Manchester health and care structure, as the care model begins to move towards genuine integration

Health and social care is beginning to move towards genuine integration in Manchester, but there is still a long way for the devolved systems to go, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said.

Publishing one of 20 targeted reviews of local authority areas, looking specifically at how people move through the health and social care system, the CQC cited two examples of community pharmacy playing its part in the newly devolved health and social care system in Manchester.

The CQC found that an integrated Community Assessment and Support Service, based in the north of the city, had been effective in reducing emergency admissions partly by using pharmacy and diagnostics in the community to meet people’s needs.

The service is now set to be rolled out across the city.

And although the CQC said that overall, preventative programmes were not yet reducing the number of older people attending A&E in Manchester, it highlighted a home-care intermediate pathway which sees a multidisciplinary team, including pharmacy, working to keep older people out of hospital.

Going independent

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, made up of the 37 NHS organisations and councils in the city region, took control of Manchester’s £6bn health and social care budget in April 2016.

Steve Field, the CQC’s chief inspector of primary care services, said Manchester’s political and healthcare leaders “have a strong understanding of the challenges posed by poor population health, and poor health and care outcomes”, but he said “there is a lot to do”.

“Overall we could see there were areas of good practice in parts of the system,” he said.

“Staff that we met throughout the review were enthusiastic and believe that it is a force for positive change.”

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2017.20204165

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Supplementary images

  • Manchester city centre

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.