New for Thurrock, pharmacists in GP surgeries to help manage long-term health conditions

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Anesi Healthcare Ltd, a group of GP practices in Thurrock and Basildon, have been successful in gaining funding for a new NHS England scheme to recruit clinical pharmacists working in GP Practices.

The new initiative has seen over £100m investment across England to help alleviate pressure on GPs. The clinical pharmacists are highly trained experts in disease and medication that can work as part of the general practice team to provide specialist advice for patients, particularly the elderly and those with more than one health condition.

Denise Rabbette, Head of Medicines Optimisation at Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group said;
“We are very pleased to be able to improve access to healthcare through the use of clinical pharmacists. Recruitment for the pharmacists is starting imminently and we hope to have the scheme up and running by September. We have had issues in Thurrock with recruiting nurses and GPs, so we had to think about other ways to support patients’ healthcare needs.

“By taking responsibility for patients with chronic diseases, clinical pharmacists can enable GPs to focus on more complex patients. It is hoped this will prevent people who can’t get appointments, from going to A&E departments. The pharmacists will work closely with community and hospital pharmacists to provide joined-up NHS pharmacy services for patients.”

Russell Vine, CEO Anesi Healthcare Ltd said:
“Winning the bid for funding means we can really start to make radical improvements in the service our practices can offer to patients. We are working to quickly recruit three clinical pharmacists from our known talent pool and hope to have them available as soon as possible. Whilst this bid covers Thurrock – we look to do the same in Basildon and Brentwood CCG area soon.”

Anesi Healthcare Ltd, is owned by a Federation of GP practices in Thurrock and Basildon, the Thurrock practices who will initially benefit from the first clinical pharmacists, include:

  • Hassengate Medical Centre
  • Sai Medical Centre
  • Dr Yadava Practice
  • Dr T Abela and Partners
  • College Health at Corringham Health Centre
  • The Surgery, Orsett

In addition to working with patients with long-term health conditions, clinical pharmacists may also carry out the following roles:

  • Supporting people with their medicines review
  • Providing support to vulnerable patients in reviewing their treatment
  • Monitoring adherence to medication
  • Educating patients on appropriate antibiotic use
  • Improving medicine safety by encouraging patients to report side effects/benefits of medications.

The funding is for three years initially with funding on a sliding scale. The CCG hopes that more practices across Thurrock will be keen to bid for funding to have a pharmacist to support their patients.

High standard of care at Basildon Hospital for patients with lung conditions

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Joanne Peacock third from left and members of the respiratory team
Joanne Peacock (third from left) and members of the respiratory team

The respiratory team at Basildon University Hospital has received a plaudit from Britain’s leading medical professional body for the care and treatment it provides for patients with certain lung conditions.

All hospital respiratory teams are now required to submit data four times a year to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) on the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.

The first results for this new national COPD audit show that Basildon Hospital is one of the best performing in London and the south east of England. The data showed that the respiratory team ensure that the care and treatment of high numbers of patients meets the standards set by the RCP. These include being seen by a specialist within 24 hours of admission, being assessed for an exercise and education pulmonary rehabilitation programme, and being advised on smoking cessation programmes.

Latest heart valve repairs for patients at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre

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Doctors and John Orchard
L-R Dr Rajesh Aggarwal; Dr Swamy Gedela, consultant radiologist; John Orchard; Mr Inderpaul Birdi; Sheila Smith, specialist nurse; Dr Rohan Jagathesan

A procedure to repair damaged heart valves, which does not involve major surgery, is now available for patients at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC).

People suffering from the most common form of heart valve disease will no longer have to travel to London for the minimally invasive treatment, but can go to the world-class specialist centre at Basildon University Hospital.

Last month, Mr John Orchard, aged 88, was the first patient to have a transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) procedure carried out by specialists at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre.

Narrowing of the aortic valve, known as stenosis, leads to obstruction of blood flow out of the heart. It is the most common form of heart disease and occurs in two to four per cent of adults over the age of 65 years.

First primary care paramedic arrives in Thurrock

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paramedic story image Sharon and Sue

A forward thinking GP provider in Thurrock brings the expertise of a Paramedic – Emergency Care Practitioner to GP surgeries in the area.

Dr Pro Mallik, Medical Director, College Health, has engaged Sue Finan, ECP, to support unscheduled patient care for patients in and around Grays, Tilbury and Corringham. Dr Mallik hopes to embed this community practitioner service across all College Health surgeries. Sue joins a small team of carefully selected, qualified and experienced specialists as the new first port of call for all unplanned home visit and urgent care requests as well as essential support to the GP’s looking after the care needs of patients in care homes in the area.

In addition to work out in the community, Sue also supports the GPs in surgeries including; Oddfellows Hall Health Centre and the Commonwealth Health Centre (formerly Shehadeh Medical Centres), taking triage calls and assessing patient requirements for support from a medical professional in the surgery or a home visit. She is able to update patient records from her mobile computer so that GPs can quickly see their patient’s treatment plan.

Excellent care of endoscopy patients leads to prestigious accreditation

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endoscopy team

The endoscopy department at Basildon University Hospital has received a prestigious quality accreditation with the compassionate care of patients being praised.

Staff were applauded by inspectors for “the high standard of achievement and for their hard work during the accreditation process”, as the team was awarded Joint Advisory Group for GI Endoscopy (JAG) accreditation for one year.

The unit was commended on its:

  • Excellent clinical, nursing and managerial leadership.
  • High quality clinical governance practices and detailed analysis and audits.
  • High quality, safe endoscopy for all patients.
  • Reconfigured patient flow, optimising privacy and dignity in the department.
  • Compassionate attitude of the staff, who were observed to be very caring, with patients at the focus.
  • Post-procedure helpline staffed by the on-call endoscopy nurse.
  • Robust processes for assessing the competence of new endoscopists.

As part of the accreditation there was an agreement that additional evidence of action to further reduce waiting times would be submitted in October 2017.

Clare Culpin, managing director of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The endoscopy department worked tirelessly to secure the JAG accreditation and I am thrilled that they received such a glowing report.

“The team’s united effort has produced excellent results and this is reflected in the incredibly positive impact it has had on the staff’s morale.”

For more information: http://www.thejag.org.uk/ 

Every year in the Basildon and Thurrock areas £2.5 million is spent on medication that is never used. Click here to find out more about our campaign to cut down on waste

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