Announcement on plans to integrate pharmacy and medicines optimisation into STPs/ICSs

Announcement on plans to integrate pharmacy and medicines optimisation into STPs/ICSs

September 6, 2018

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new programme to test how pharmacy and medicines optimisation and safety can be integrated into Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).

Supported by the Pharmacy Integration Fund, the Integrating NHS Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation programme aims to develop a framework which will set out how to tackle medicines optimisation priorities for the local population in an STP/ICS footprint and use the expertise of pharmacy professionals to deliver the best value and patient outcomes from medicines.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have identified seven pilot regions to ‘test’ the principles of the framework and to act as case studies for future roll-out:

  • Black Country STP (Midlands);
  • Cumbria and North East STP (North East);
  • Dorset ICS (South West);
  • Hertfordshire & West Essex STP (Central & East);
  • Lancashire & South Cumbria ICS (North West);
  • South East London STP (London); and
  • Surrey Heartlands ICS (South East).

Further information about the programme can be found in NHS England’s briefing.



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