Older Peoples Services/Care of the Elderly Pharmacy team: BCH ...

Older Peoples Services/Care of the Elderly Pharmacy team: BCH Direct BCH Direct Pharmacy Service BCH Direct is an Assessment and Treatment Unit. Part of the IMPACT work programme and developed by Frail Elderly Workstream

Two fulltime (Band 7) pharmacists (18 month secondments from January and February 2015) The first time clinical pharmacists are providing 7 day service and covering weekday evenings in BHSCT. Pharmacy impact Acute Frailty Unit (RVH) 7 North BCH Direct 7 South 6 South

Acute care at home Objectives Increase in number of patients receiving medicine reconciliation on admission/within 24 hours. Increasing number of patients with medicines

reconciliation on discharge. Reduced time taken to dispense discharge prescriptions. Identify and resolve medication issues. Improve communication between primary and secondary care Outcome Number of patients with meds rec within 24 hours on wards with pharmacists Number of discharge prescriptions with pharmacy input at ward level (target = 50%)

Time taken to process discharge prescription BCH site average 73% BCH Direct 87% 54% 90% 2 hours

15 minutes target time Outcomes 55% patients with pharmacist interventions. 1800 interventions (Jan 2015-March 2016) Greater compliance with VTE risk assessment.

All appropriate patients reviewed had medication falls risk assessment. Supported pharmacy extended hours reduced workload. Increased cover to the rest of Care of the Elderly wards in BCH in week nights and weekends. Barriers to Medicines Optimisation: BCH Direct

Appropriate staffing levels to cover service times Lack of clarity over reasons for medications Polypharmacy not addressed if not seen as issue Lack of implementation of collated regional guidelines Usefulness of technology Continuity of care

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