Cheshire and Merseyside transfer of care project saves NHS £9.5m

Cheshire and Merseyside transfer of care project saves NHS £9.5m

October 19, 2019

A collaborative project between hospitals and community pharmacies in Cheshire and Merseyside has improved patient care while making estimated savings of £9.5 million.

The project, called Transfer of Care Around Medicines, has seen hospitals digitally contacting community pharmacies at the point of patient discharge, so that advice and support can be given to patients and their carers about any medication changes made during admission. The subsequent reduction in hospital readmissions and patient adherence has resulted in significant cost savings and improvement in patient care.

The initiative started in 2016 when NHS England in Cheshire and Merseyside partnered with the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, and together they introduced new secure digital systems which allowed hospitals to transfer discharge summaries to patients’ community pharmacies.

Transfer of Care Around Medicines has proved a success; by May 2019 it had been implemented in 11 hospitals, two mental health trusts and all 635 community pharmacies in Cheshire and Merseyside. Similar projects are now being rolled out nationwide.

Commenting on the project, Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency said:

“The scale and speed of the adoption of Transfer of Care Around Medicines in Cheshire and Merseyside is an inspiring example of the region’s healthcare professionals collaborating to improve the quality of care for patients and the efficiency of our health services.

“The initiative demonstrates the value of community pharmacies as a key part of our healthcare infrastructure. Transfer of Care Around Medicines has been adopted by the AHSN Network nationally as one of our key innovation programmes and I hope that Cheshire and Merseyside will be an exemplar to other regions, supporting the spread of this invaluable collaboration.”

As part of the 5-year CPCF announced in July 2019, a post-hospital discharge Medicines Reconciliation service will be introduced as a new Essential service in 2020.

More information on this service and similar transfer of care services can be found on the PSNC Services Database.


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