NHS Trafford CCG sets up pharmacy care home team

Pharmacists Adele Cockroft,
Saquib Ahmed and Lesley Buxton

NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group is placing a team of pharmacists to work across care homes in the borough.

The Medicines Optimisation Care Homes Team will be working with GPs to help residents get the most out of their medication, says the CCG.

The three pharmacists, Saquib Ahmed, Adele Cockcroft and Lesley Buxton, collectively have more than 60 years’ experience in various pharmacy sectors, and will soon be joined by two medicines optimisation technicians.

As part of a multifaceted role, they will be undertaking clinical medication reviews and provide training and support to care homes staff. They will also assist the CCG and Local Authority in quality reviews to enable care homes to improve safe and secure handling of medicines.

Currently, one of the pharmacists within the team is part of the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes (MOCH) Pathway commissioned by NHS England and run by The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE).

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