An ambitious, city-wide programme of community pharmacists working alongside GPs in Sheffield is successfully demonstrating a new model of care. The programme won a C+D Award for GP Partnership of the Year, for impressive outcomes such as reducing GP workload, improving medicines optimisation and improving patients' awareness of pharmacists' skills.
The collaboration was funded by the Prime Ministers Challenge Fund, a £150 million NHS England project to encourage innovative ways to increase access to primary care. It was supported by Community Pharmacy Sheffield. C+D spoke to Claire Thomas, chief officer of Community Pharmacy Sheffield, about the project.
She said: “I think this project recognised ahead of time that this is the direction that community pharmacists have to move in.”
The move to boost collaboration between community pharmacists and