What is PharmOutcomes
When we started the PharmOutcomes project two years ago, it was with two clear objectives in mind - to capture the evidence of community pharmacy‘s benefit for patients and to ease the burden of record keeping, service management and financial tracking for services provided by community pharmacies.
The existence of PharmOutcomes and the data it has allowed us to collate on NMS has enabled PSNC to undertake preliminary studies on the outcomes of NMS, the results of which have been very encouraging. The national NMS evaluation, funded by the Department of Health, also has access to data from PharmOutcomes. Without PharmOutcomes, we would not be in a position to seek re-commissioning of the service in 2013.
However, life and the NHS move on and we are in a position where local is more important than ever. The cost of developing a new service module on the current PharmOutcomes infrastructure has slowed the development of the platform and has made it difficult for LPCs to negotiate with local commissioners to meet their specific needs. Whilst all in community pharmacy would wish to see greater standardisation in services, local flexibility is expected to become more important from April 2013 with the commissioning of many local services moving to Local Authorities