C&D Award Winners: GP Partnership of the Year 2016

C&D Award Winners: GP Partnership of the Year 2016

June 22, 2016

I am pleased to announce that the Prime Ministers Challenge Fund (PMCF) Pharmacy Project of community pharmacists working in GP practices has won the award for ‘GP Partnership of the Year’ at this years Chemist and Druggist awards!

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The project involves community pharmacists working in their local GP practices piloting a new way of working to improve patient care and help free up GP time to see patients. It is a city wide project and the first of it’s kind in the country!

At a time when community pharmacy faces national funding cuts and threats to the pharmacy network this project demonstrates how community pharmacists in Sheffield are going that extra mile to explore new ways of working to improve the health and care of their patients!

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Susie (CPS Support Manager), David (CPS Chair), Crispin (CPS member and pharmacist taking part in the project) and myself (CPS Chief Officer) attended the awards on the 15th June in Wales and took along Dr Marion Sloan,  a Sheffield GP who has been very supportive of the PMCF Pharmacy Project having personally experienced the benefits of having community pharmacists working across their group of  GP practices. 

It is fantastic that we won ‘GP partnership of the Year’, reflecting the hard work of everyone involved in developing, implementing and taking part in the project and the positive outcomes the project is having for GPs, pharmacists and patients across the city. We had some tough competition (in Particular from Notts LPC!) but I think the scale of the project in Sheffield is such a great achievement and was a contributing factor in the project winning.

What the C&D award judges said: “A fantastic achievement with so much potential. A huge project which can’t be ignored.”

A massive thank you to everyone involved in the project: NHS Sheffield CCG, Primary Care Sheffield, pharmacy contractors and all the community pharmacists and GP practices taking part. Hopefully raising the profile of the project will support future funding, improve integration of community pharmacy in to the heart of the primary care workforce team and inspire other areas to pursue the development of similar models of care!

Community Pharmacy Sheffield (CPS) are immensely proud of the success of the PMCF Pharmacy Project and will continue with our commitment and drive to support contractors to explore new ways of working, new models of care and help shape the future of community pharmacy in Sheffield.

Claire Thomas

Chief Officer



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