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We win contract for new medicines optimisation service for care homes
15 February 2016

We win contract for new community medicines optimisation service for care homes in East Sussex

We’re pleased to confirm that we've been awarded a minimum three-year contract to provide a new medicines optimisation service to care homes across the communities of Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings, Rother and Seaford in East Sussex.

We’ve been awarded the contract by NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford clinical commissioning group (CCG) and NHS Hastings and Rother CCG.

The medicines optimisation service will work closely with local care homes, GPs, patients and their carers to review prescribed medications with the aims to:

  • Provide better health outcomes.
  • Avoid the need for unnecessary admissions to hospital.
  • Avoid overprescribing and wastage.

The service will ensure people living in care homes receive an annual review of their medications. In addition the service will provide education and training to care homes to improve health outcomes.

The service is to launch from 1st April 2016 and will prioritise care homes with nursing beds and people who have been prescribed to take ten or more medications a day.

Our chief pharmacist, Iben Altman, said: "We're delighted to have won this contract. We're excited to establish and deliver an excellent Medicines Optimisation for Care Homes Service. The aim is to optimise the use of medicines for the frail elderly population within care homes by placing these people at the centre of what we do. We're looking forward to working together with the CCGs and various local stakeholders to achieve this."

CCG’s lead pharmacist, Eileen Callaghan, said: "Optimising the use of medicines for our frail elderly population is a key focus of our CCGs’ strategy. We are looking forward to working with the experienced pharmacy team at Sussex Community NHS Trust to develop a world-class medicines optimisation service for our care home residents."