Transfer of care around medicines
Community pharmacists supporting patients leaving hospital
When some patients leave hospital they can need extra support taking their prescribed medicines. This may be because their medicines have changed or they need a bit of help taking their medicines safely and effectively.
If patients are identified by the hospital as needing extra support, they are referred through a safe and secure digital platform for advice from their local community pharmacist. This referral creates an important link with the Community Pharmacist who will discuss medicines with patients, answer any questions they may have and give individual information and support that patients need
Original work in the North East showed that patients who see their community pharmacist after they’ve been in hospital are less likely to be readmitted and, if they are will experience a shorter stay.
We are working with a number of NHS Trusts across Surrey and Sussex and KSS AHSN to help set up a secure electronic interface between the hospital IT systems and PharmOutcomes, the community pharmacy system used in this area. This will provide patient data quickly and seamlessly to their community pharmacist.
The transfer of care process is associated with an increased risk of adverse effects. 30 – 70% of patients experience unintentional changes to their treatment or an error is made because of miscommunication. This is what the transfer of care project aims to address.
TCAM goes live from ESHT hospitals in East Sussex in April 2019.
This project was the result of partnership working.
- TCAM briefing sheet with key facts and frequently asked questions. East Sussex. March 2019 [pdf]
- ESHT patient information. March 2019 (to be reviewed in 2022) [pdf]
- Bringing community pharmacy and hospital colleagues together to reduce medication errors and re-admission rates. [news story]
- Training webinar for Community Pharmacists – Watch-on-demand. Duration 22 minutes:
- Benefits of TCAM and why it is important (scroll to: 12 minutes 23 seconds)
- How to link TCAM to existing services such as MUR and NMS (scroll to: 13 minutes, 30 seconds)
- What will TCAM mean for your community pharmacy (scroll to: 16 minutes, 7 seconds)
- What you need to do to get your community pharmacy TCAM ready (scroll to: 20 minutes 47 seconds)
- Who to contact if you need more information or training (scroll to: 22 minutes 15 seconds)