Let Firza Help you Make a Lasting Impact
Almost a quarter of primary care networks (PCNs) had either not hired or not claimed NHS funding for hiring a pharmacist — which was made available as part of a new GP contract — by the end of March 2020, responses to Freedom of Information requests by The Pharmaceutical Journal have revealed.
The responses from 124 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), covering 1,190 PCNs, showed that 67 CCGs had no record of an additional pharmacist being hired under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) in 295 of their PCNs, as of 31 March 2020. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal, July 2020
Unable to recruit or recruiting unsuitable staff? Want to be able to use the pot of money provided by the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme to fundamentally change your practice but not sure how?
Firza can help eradicate these problems for you. Our growing team (onsite and hub-based) of highly experienced prescribing and non-prescribing pharmacists and pharmacy technicians provide bespoke flexible resourcing.
We focus on bespoke person-centered care alongside real-world commercial and
clinical solutions to customers such as GP surgeries, PCNs, CCGs, STPs, community pharmacies, care homes and prisons.
We understand the challenges that present in the primary care sector. Our experience of working in GP surgeries, enables us to mobilise quickly and offer improved support, by providing patients with more detailed consultations where GPs have historically not had the time to offer.
- ENHANCED INTERPERSONAL CARE: Our team is reliable and has solid up-to-date clinical knowledge and skills. With the Firza personal touch, we can provide a consultation often 2 or 3 times longer than with a GP. We enable a more detailed review for every patient, whilst enhancing the skills of your multi-disciplinary team. You can be more in control by having access to a specialist service and where patients have visibility to up-to-date and detailed medicines knowledge, which in turn shaves valuable time off the GPs’ hands.
- CLOSER MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS: We have the time to conduct more frequent medication reviews than GPs, improving the patient’s quality of life and wellbeing, which in turn can prevent complications and minimise worsening of conditions. This can relieve the stress on the NHS. Patients receive more frequent and detailed care, reducing the likelihood of urgent or emergency hospital admissions as the number of side effects reduce with closer monitoring.
- IMPROVED PATIENT KNOWLEDGE: Our team will have the time to ensure the patients fully understand what medications they have been prescribed and why. We also have the time to ensure they are administering their medications safely.
- COST SAVINGS: Improved prescribing practices have a positive impact on the practice and across the health system in terms of money saved and improved patient health and wellbeing. By working with the PCN multi-disciplinary team, we can improve medicines optimisation efficiencies and help implement efficient ordering and return processes, thus reducing medicines wastage.