Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes Programme
In March 2018 NHS England launched the Medicines Optimisation in Care Home Programme (MOCH). This programme is funded through the Pharmacy Integration Fund and runs alongside a number of other initiatives such as the Clinical Pharmacists in GP practices pilot.
The MOCH programme has a number of objectives:
- To deliver all elements of the Managing Medicines in Care Homes NICE guideline and quality standards and support the implementation of the Enhanced Care in Care Homes (EHCH) framework for care home residents in England
- To achieve medicines optimisation for care home residents through access to a clinical pharmacy team with the supporting infrastructure
- To ensure that residents and/or their families or carers are given the opportunity to be fully involved in decisions about their medicines
- To ensure care home pharmacy professionals work as part of the MDT as described within the EHCH framework
- To improve care home resident health outcomes
- To increase the appropriate use of technology and data in supporting medicines optimisation and the wider management of medicines in care homes.
MOCH pharmacy professionals will be integrated into AGEM CSU’s Medicines Optimisation Team and will work closely with other professionals involved in the care of people resident in all types of care homes. All MOCH pharmacy professionals will received enhanced training from the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education. For more details visit: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/moch/moch-training-pathway . Pharmacists on the training pathway will become independent non-medical prescribers.
Following successful recruitment a number of new pharmacists will be starting over the coming months. The first recruits started on the 7th January 2019. There will be a period of induction, including shadowing existing staff, and then the team will focus on priority care homes as identified by the Norfolk and Waveney Care Home Steering Group. Practices will be contacted over the next few months by the team and are expected to take an active part in the care home MDTs.