Reflecting on the Carer-friendly Pharmacy Pilot
The Carer Friendly Pharmacy Pilot ended in February 2015 and was evaluated by the Centre for Research, Labour and Inequalities (CIRCLE) at the University of Leeds. You can read the evaluation here. If you have any comments or feedback on the pilot, please email Carers Trust.
In exploring an area which could be of potential interest to the NHS and local authorities as a nationally or locally commissioned service, the Carer-friendly Pharmacy pilot has been helpful in demonstrating the key role community pharmacies could play in the early identification and support of carers while examining issues such as workload and time requirements in practice. All parties agree that if the Carer-friendly Pharmacy model is to be rolled out further it will need to be appropriately and sustainably funded for community pharmacy contractors.
Since then, with the launch of the new pharmacy flu vaccination service enabling many carers to have a free NHS flu vaccination at their local pharmacy, Carers Trust has been working with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committeee, the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education and the Royal Phamaceutical Society to develop guidance and resources to help pharmacy teams identify carers for flu vaccinations and, where possible, notify the carer's GP that they are a carer as well.