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NHS boards chosen for pilot study on patient safety in Scotland

Four NHS boards in Scotland have been selected to test a new pharmacy initiative to improve patient safety in primary care.

NHS Fife, NHS Grampian, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and NHS Highland were selected from nine applicants to pilot the pharmacy arm of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP).

The SPSP initially focused on care provided by hospitals and was recently extended to GP practices. It is now being tested in pharmacies, with the launch of the SPSP Pharmacy in Primary Care collaborative, which will include both community pharmacists and other pharmacists working in primary care.

“Identifying the right sites was important to us because we wanted to ensure a good geographical spread of urban and rural locations,” said Jill Gillies, improvement adviser for the SPSP Primary Care programme. “It is important that the tools and interventions will be tested in all pharmacy primary care settings.”

The aims of the pharmacy collaborative include improving the prescribing, dispensing and monitoring of high-risk medicines; improving medicines reconciliation; and enhancing communication between GPs and pharmacists. It will begin in August 2014 and last for two years.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 20065538

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