Some of you will be aware that I have been working closely with the National Clinical Director for Dementia, the NHS Institute and the Dementia Action Alliance to lead on pharmacy's contribution to the Call to Action to reduce the use of antipsychotics in people with dementia. This work has close ties with the Transfer of Care work being led by the RPS.
There is a lot of great work going on around the country, but we need to increase momentum to deliver a significant change in the use of antipsychotics in this vulnerable group. Pharmacists in all sectors have been identified as being the key to delivering the Call to Action - we can challenge prescribers and provide a voice to patients and their carers. Primary care pharmacists can work with GPs, community pharmacists and others to ensure that patients with dementia receive medication reviews, and that GP practices and pharmacies undertake audits.
Through the Transfer of Care work, we can ensure that prescribers and those supporting people with dementia are given appropriate information about the use of antipsychotics and management of behavioural/psychological problems.
To support the Call to Action, I am calling on you all to join me on National Field - a social networking site for healthcare professionals interested in working together to deliver the Call to Action. If you are interested, email [email protected] and they will give you access to National Field.
If you need more information please read:
Call to Action
National Clinical Director for Primary Care and Community Pharmacy