Health Service Focus

13.09.16

Optimism for improving pharmacy eProcurement

Source: NHE Sep/Oct 16

Despite timescales being tight and potentially a “little too optimistic”, the fact that the Hospital Pharmacy Transformation Programme (HPTP) has come under the remit of NHS Improvement (NHSI) means “something will happen”, NHE has been told. 

A Department of Health (DH) spokesperson who has been involved with the project said that because there is a top-level commitment, with funding now in place for Scan4Safety and HPTP, the impact and change is now “tangible”. 

“HPTP all sits within NHSI,” she told NHE. “The fact that it has a home and is recognised means – for want of a better phrase – it is a ‘force to be reckoned with’. It means it won’t be taken lightly and won’t be dismissed. It is very interesting and exciting; I can see things moving already.” 

Earlier this year, in Lord Carter’s efficiency review of acute trusts he recommended that trusts should, through HPTP, develop plans by April 2017 to ensure hospital pharmacies achieve their benchmarks such as increasing pharmacist prescribers, e-prescribing and administration. He also called for accurate cost-coding of medicines and consolidating stock-holding by April 2020, in agreement with NHSI and NHS England, so that their pharmacists and clinical pharmacy technicians spend more time on patient-facing medicines optimisation activities. 

Currently, there is a timescale of June 2017 for implementation of NHS dm+d, and we were told that there is “a lot of work going on to get that in place to help ensure that is a possibility”. 

NHE was told that during October and November there will be a series of roadshows across England with speakers from each of the disciplines within the eProcurement projects, including pharmacy, to provide a single message to trusts. Details of the events are now starting to be circulated. 

With regards to the Scan4Safety demonstrator sites, said the DH spokesperson, they are working “as one”. “Certainly within pharmacy and other disciplines they are saying: ‘These are what we need for Carter and HPTP, this is the request we are putting through to you [the suppliers]’,” she said, adding it is “unfortunate” that it has taken so long for the idea of a single set of benchmarking data to take hold. 

Asked how confident she was about progressing pharmacy eProcurement, she said: “The fact that we have these roadshows will help tremendously; the fact we have the money in place will give it a boost; and, I think, realistically, we have a fighting chance of getting something done which we didn’t have before because these things weren’t in place. 

“I’m an optimist but I’m also a pragmatist. You have to prove that it is worth doing, and I think that is what Carter has done and the money which is behind Carter from Treasury – and the money that is there for Scan4Safety – makes it achievable. The expectation is there, so the delivery has to be there. Once you have made that sort of commitment you can only move forward.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below or emailopinion@nationalhealthexecutive.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest healthcare news

First NHS trusts introduce NHS SBS’ The Edge4Health

16/01/2020First NHS trusts introduce NHS SBS’ The Edge4Health

A major new procurement platform developed by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), The Edge4Health, is being adopted by NHS trust staff across... more >
NHS mental health director demands urgent gambling action

16/01/2020NHS mental health director demands urgent gambling action

The director of NHS mental health, Claire Murdoch, has penned a written plea to the heads of top gambling firms, urging them to take action on im... more >
Transforming services: We need a left shift not a left drift

16/01/2020Transforming services: We need a left shift not a left drift

Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ discus... more >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital e... read more >

last word

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us th... more > more last word articles >

the scalpel's daily blog

Transforming services: We need a left shift not a left drift

16/01/2020Transforming services: We need a left shift not a left drift

Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ discusses the need to move the treatment of patients from primary to secondary care and how the NHS People Plan can help achieve this. Throughout my (overlong) career in the NHS, the national policy on modernising the way NHS services are delivered has been pretty consistent. All recent governments; ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

comment

NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

23/09/2019NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental health and wellbeing. As the best rugby players in the world repr... more >
Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

10/06/2019Helpforce to launch training programmes for NHS volunteers

Kay Fawcett OBE, clinical advisor and education lead at Helpforce, and Lynn Twinn, talent development consultant, outline the new national traini... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda University Health Board, looks ahead to the new integrated care centre bei... more >

interviews

Mike Farrar, Swim England - Last Word

07/12/2019Mike Farrar, Swim England - Last Word

Mike Farrar Chairperson of Swim England Would you talk us through your previous roles within the NHS? I’ve held a number of ... more >
Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

24/10/2019Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

Today, speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual conference, Matt Hancock highlighted what he believes to be the three... more >
NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

17/09/2019NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

Over 20 years ago, a Teesside hospital cleaner put down her mop and took steps towards her midwifery dreams. Lisa Payne has been delivering ... more >
How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >