Our Transfer of Care Around Medicines pathway has now gone live at Medway NHS Foundation Trust.
KSS AHSN is leading the implementation of the TCAM pathway across the region, with five trusts in Surrey and Sussex already signed up to the full integrated approach, and Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust running a manual version.
The initiative aims to keep patients safe when they transfer between care settings, providing a seamless transfer of a patient’s medicines information on discharge directly from the hospital to the patient’s choice of community pharmacy. This is achieved through the safe and secure PharmOutcomes platform, a system already familiar to Community Pharmacy.
Improving the transfer of information about medicines should help ensure patients continue to take the right medication once at home and reduce the incidence of avoidable harm and readmission.
Commenting on the launch Lisa James, Senior Programme Manager for Medicines Optimisation at KSS AHSN, said:
“TCAM is a great initiative that is being widely recognised as a supportive activity for efficient discharge, and I’m delighted that the service is now available in Medway.
“By working alongside the Trust and Kent Local Pharmaceutical Committee we’ve been able to make sure that all partners involved in the transfer of medicines process are part of this pathway, working towards a common goal of supporting patients on discharge.
“KSS AHSN is working with four further trusts across the region to implement TCAM, and we are also looking to extend the programme to include referrals to Care Home Pharmacy Teams to support local Care Home initiatives.”