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PharmOutcomes set to help LPC build on public health service wins

Contractors in East Riding are to see all key locally commissioned services continued by the local authority and look set to be able to gather evidence about the impact they are having using the new PharmOutcomes system, the LPC has reported.

The local authority has decided to continue seven local community pharmacy services from April, including emergency hormonal contraception, needle exchange and a hepatitis screening pilot. The LPC is also working with the council on the developement of future services.

The services are being continued in their current format under a standard contract for public health, meaning contractors will see no disruption or changes to services.

To help the local authority to monitor the services, the LPC is working with them to use the new PharmOutcomes system and has so far had a positive response from the authority. Use of PharmOutcomes would mean that the local authority could assess the services without the need to employ someone to collate the pharmacy data, as it had thought might be necessary.

Steve Mosley, vice-chair of East Riding and Hull LPC, said:

“We already had good relationships with a commissioner in the local authority because they had been dealing with the supervised consumption and needle exchange services. They had experience of working with community pharmacy and how services and contracts might need to be a bit different for pharmacy and they have been proactively talking to other commissioners in the authority about this.

At this stage our local commissioners have not had a chance to really question services and look at the evidence base and local need for them, they have been more focused on how they can get them to continue from April 1. However, when they come to work on next year’s budget that work is likely to start so we will need to have a good evidence base – in the next six to nine months we have a real challenge to get that.

We’re hoping to build that evidence base up using PharmOutcomes and as an LPC it’s great to be involved at this stage so we can ensure that the system is set up to capture meaningful data on the services. As well as giving the commissioners and of course contractors access to the system we will also be accessing it ourselves so that we can ensure that the data is being captured in the best possible format to build a positive case for service re-commissioning next year.

We hope that our contractors are not nervous about local services as we move towards April 1 – we’ve made a great start in public health and for now all their key services are being continued, with more on the roadmap for the future.”

Posted 12 March 2013

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