PrescQIPP Annual Event and Awards
13 November 2019

PrescQipp Annual Event and Awards

The PrescQIPP Awards have become a highlight in the commissioning calendar. 2019 marks the seventh year of the PrescQipp Annual Event and Awards, and we are pleased to announce that Kayt Blythin, our Principal Pharmacist for Care of Older People at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, picked up the Care Homes Medicines Optimisation Award on behalf of our Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes (MOCH) service, commissioned by NHS Hastings and Rother CCG and NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG.

The Annual Event and Awards took place in Nottingham on Tuesday 5 November, and Kayt delivered a presentation on the MOCH service’s Self-Care Toolkit for Care Homes. The toolkit is an innovative take on care homes medicines optimisation, tackling the problem of safely moving towards more self-care, i.e. purchased, treatments for minor or self-limiting conditions. It allows the residents to receive symptom relief from minor ailments quickly and efficiently, while remaining within the care homes’ regulatory requirements.  

Care home residents are extremely limited in terms of independent choice and access to healthcare professionals when seeking treatment for minor ailments. They rely heavily on over-subscribed GP surgeries, so often cannot access treatment in an efficient and timely manner. The Self-Care Toolkit details the common conditions that can be treated through homely remedies and personal care, without necessarily resulting in a prescription. It empowers care staff to assess the residents they know best, and improves relationships and communications between care homes and their local GPs and Community Pharmacists.

After a successful three month pilot, the Self-Care Toolkit was rolled out across coastal East Sussex, covering 165 care homes. Long term benefits will include less over-ordering and waste within our care homes, fewer NHS prescriptions issued across the region, and reduced time pressures on our GP surgeries. Most importantly though, the Self-Care Toolkit embraces the maxim ‘care homes are homes’, enabling small but powerful changes such as a care home resident being able to use their favourite moisturising cream again.