PRSB expands information standard on community pharmacies

The community pharmacy information standard has been expanded so that community pharmacists and general practitioners can better support integrated care.

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has expanded its standard of information on community pharmacies in line with the expanded role of community pharmacists that has taken place in recent years.

NHS England and NHS Improvement tasked the PRSB to update its original pharmacy standards to reflect the growing range of services offered by community pharmacies

The latest updates released in April 2021 include:

  • Services to quit smoking
  • Community hypertension testing
  • Contraceptive services
  • Hepatitis C test
  • Management of sore throat
  • Palliative care services.

Vaughan Lewis, South East Regional Medical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “Following the success of digital influenza vaccination notifications, we welcome these further updates to the PRSB pharmacy standard.

“The secure and digitized sharing of information between systems is an integral part of delivering high quality connected care in the community and we look forward to seeing the benefits for patients with both long-lasting and long-lasting conditions. acute care episodes that can be managed safely and effectively. in local pharmacies.

The original community pharmacy standard was released in 2018 and updated in January 2021. The original included a number of services, including the administration of vaccines and discharge from the hospital to pharmacy services.

Professor Claire Anderson, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in England, added: “Pharmacies are an essential part of community care and the standards will support integrated care across all systems as pharmacists expand their clinical role.

“Finally, information resulting from discussions with patients and interventions carried out by pharmacists can be shared with general practitioners and other healthcare professionals, so that all those involved in their care have a complete picture of their health. It will certainly help demonstrate the value pharmacists bring to a person’s care.

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