Recent statistics suggest that most of us visit a pharmacies every 28 days, including people in vulnerable groups that are considered ‘hard to reach’ in health service terms. Those who live in care homes or are temporarily in hospital also deserve high quality care from pharmacy.
The King’s Fund is holding a conference on Wednesday 24 February 2016 in London to that will explore how pharmacists are now playing a more important role than ever – from supporting people to stay well in care homes to making sure pharmacy is “dementia friendly”.
The conference, Commissioning person centred care for vulnerable groups: what part does pharmacy play, will also explore best practice in care for people with learning disabilities and children in hospital and those with mental health conditions.
National and expert clinical speakers will demonstrate how imaginative commissioners, including CCGs and local authorities, are increasingly getting real benefits from investing in pharmacists’ expertise.
With NHS five year forward view pushing for care to be delivered closer to home, and for greater health and social care integration, conference sessions will address the crucial role that pharmacy plays in encouraging a more efficient use of the health service and supports higher quality patient care, improving efficiency and reducing NHS costs.
Shining a spotlight on four specific groups – children and young people, people with mental health conditions, older people living in care homes and people with learning disabilities – this conference provides an opportunity to learn from best practice areas.
For more details, including the draft agenda and registration details, visit the King’s Fund website here.