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NMS goes international?

Last week PSNC hosted a visit from three pharmacists from the Norwegian pharmacy organisation Apokus. This recently formed organisation supports the development of new services and educational support for community pharmacies in Norway.

The visit followed interest from Norwegian community pharmacies in undertaking a pilot NMS for new anticoagulant medicines. The Apokus pharmacists heard from Alastair Buxton (Head of NHS Services, PSNC) about the development of the New Medicine Service and lessons learnt during its implementation.

The Norwegian delegation was also briefed on the DH funded evaluation of the NMS being undertaken by the School of Pharmacy at Nottingham University and University College London. They were then given a practitioner perspective on the NMS by Alistair Murray at Greenlight Pharmacy, Euston and Peter Marks, Chairman of Stockport LPC at PCT Healthcare's pharmacy in Stockport.

The delegation completed their fact finding mission with a visit to CPPE in Manchester to learn about the central role CPPE played in supporting pharmacy learning on the NMS prior to launch of the service.

Commenting on the visit, Alastair Buxton, Head of NHS Services, PSNC said

"It is great to know that the hard work of implementing and providing the NMS undertaken by community pharmacists and their teams across England has not gone unnoticed beyond the UK.

"The positive impact the NMS is having for patients in this country may soon be matched by similar benefit in Norway and beyond; community pharmacy teams across England should be proud of the way service provision here is providing learning that pharmacy colleagues across the globe can follow."

(left to right) Alistair Murray (Greenlight Pharmacy), Eirik Torheim (Apokus), James Davies (UCL School of Pharmacy), Christine Frigaard and Elin Andersen (Apokus) at Greenlight Pharmacy in Euston. 

Posted 16 December 2012

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