Every community pharmacy in Scotland will this week receive information from the Scottish Patient Safety Programme to support with NSAID supply. The focus of the information will be an NSAID care bundle and tools to help community pharmacies manage NSAID supply safely.
The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) is a unique national initiative that aims to improve the safety and reliability of health and social care and reduce harm, whenever care is delivered. As part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s ihub, SPSP is a coordinated campaign of activity to increase awareness of and support the provision of safe, high-quality care, whatever the setting.
This guide set to be sent out explains how to implement the NSAIDs communication care bundle in community pharmacies across Scotland. All the resources in the toolkit box have been developed to help pharmacy teams consistently deliver the key safety messages and improve the safety of NSAIDs by ensuring patients have better information about how to take NSAIDs safely.
Mark Easton said;
“The NSAID toolkit is designed to support pharmacy teams on their journey of improving patient safety. As Quality Improvement has become embedded in the Community Pharmacy contract, teams can use this toolkit as part of their own journey. I am keen to hear of how teams use their data to support their own improvement.”
The toolkit has been adapted from the materials that were initially developed and tested in NHS Highland as part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme – Pharmacy in Primary Care Collaborative. Pharmacies who tested the NSAIDs communication care bundle demonstrated that it is straightforward to achieve and quickly becomes a normal part of everyday practice.