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NHS England, Community Pharmacy England, Department of Health and Social Care: Medicines Safety - Pharmacy Quality Scheme

As a joint team across three national organisations, organisers say they have collaborated to measurably reduce harm from medicines through community pharmacy-led interventions using the Pharmacy Quality Scheme to incentivise activity. In 2022/23, the impact of this has been evidenced by the publication of the results of five medicines safety audits.

Around 9,000 pharmacies took part in each audit. Pharmacy teams have screened 0.6 million people taking high-risk medicines. Clinical advice has been given 385,000 times to improve medicines safety and pharmacy teams have identified 90,000 people at sufficiently high risk to require referral/clinical intervention. The judges appreciated this impressive team’s potential to create a widespread impact. The project demonstrated clear outcomes, strong staff involvement, and community engagement.

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