Supporting, encouraging and empowering clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in primary care practice in the Midlands
The Midlands Practice Pharmacy Network (MPPN) exists to support, encourage and empower clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in primary care practice in the Midlands.
Founded and managed by local pharmacists, the group provides opportunities for members to network, share best practice, take advantage of professional training programmes and collaborate in service evaluation, practice research and promote outcomes from pharmacists-led clinics.
Our aims are:
To help define and raise the professional role of clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in primary care in the Midlands.
To support the professional development of our members.
To clearly demonstrate and communicate the professional value of our members in clinical practice.
To bring together and foster the sharing of best practice amongst our members.
To engage with and cultivate productive relationships with professional colleagues, commissioners and other stakeholders.
The Midlands Practice Pharmacy Network is a not for profit organisation.
2023 WEBINARS & WORKSHOPS
2022 saw the return of our educational webinars and face-to-face workshops in diabetes, dermatology, remote consultation/triage, menopause and respiratory/ENT physical assessment and cardiovascular disease. So far in 2023 we have run a Financial Planning webinar and an Asthma face-to-face workshop.
If you would like to receive email notifications for future events attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT WE DO
TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
A key aim of the MPPN is to support the professional development of our members - particularly those who are exclusively contracted to general practice and may not have routine access to centrally provided training programmes.
The topics covered are driven by the needs of our membership. Each member has the opportunity to identify which areas of professional development they are most interested in and we do our best to deliver training on the most popular topics. Since our first workshop in November 2017 we have run twenty five 'free' events including "Understanding and Interpreting Biochemical and Haematological Tests", "Essential Dermatology - Everyday Skin Management for Primary Care", "ENT & Respiratory Assessment", "Paediatric Assessment" and "Flu Vaccination".
If you have any suggestions for future training and would like to offer support in organising our workshops please do get in touch.
RESEARCH & SERVICE EVALUATION
We believe it's important to understand, define and raise the profile of the practice pharmacist's and pharmacy technician's role. In order to illustrate and communicate the professional value of our members in clinical practice we are always on the lookout for research and service evaluation projects that demonstrate an impact on patient care, colleagues' workload and meaningful outcomes.
With support from Keele University, we have published an 'Evaluation of a pharmacist-led telephone triage service in a GP Practice' (Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 25 (S2). pp. 7-43), results from an audit of the management of sore throat by a pharmacist prescriber and an evaluation of the impact of pharmacist-led diabetes clinics.
Most recently we have completed an evaluation of the 'Asthma & COPD Audit & Review Toolkit' and surveys exploring 'Patient Perceptions of Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice' and 'The Role of PCN Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians'.
If you have any ideas for evaluation projects that relate to the role of pharmacists and technicians in practice we would welcome your suggestions.
MANAGING ALLERGIC TRIGGERS IN ASTHMA
The 'Managing Allergic Triggers in Asthma' Toolkit is designed to identify and review patients at risk of poor outcomes: reducing exacerbations, admissions and improving symptom control.
The Toolkit is FREE TO USE and available to download at https://allergic-triggers.org/.
Developed in partnership between the Midlands Practice Pharmacy Network and Prescribing Decision Support Ltd at Keele University, the toolkit comprises a series of discrete EMIS Web search reports and protocol alerts. These focus on patients displaying markers of poor disease control, who do not have a personalised asthma action plan, documented triggers, history of a skin prick test or specific IgE test and/or displaying signs of atopy. In addition, the toolkit incorporates "seasonal" searches to help identify vulnerable patients in advance of seasonal spikes in asthma attacks.
This toolkit was developed with the help of a grant from Thermo Fisher Scientific.
ANTICOAGULATION DECISION SUPPORT
NICE first endorsed the Anticoagulation Decision Support Tool (https://www.anticoagulation-dst.co.uk/) in 2015 describing it as an “innovative resource for healthcare professionals and people with AF”. Two years later, the AF Association and All-Party Parliamentary Group on AF selected it as a “Healthcare Pioneer”.
Throughout this time, the Anticoagulation Decision Support Tool has become widely adopted and continues to be used by healthcare professionals in the UK and elsewhere: over the last two years it has received on average 550 sessions per month from 425 users.
This year the Tool was re-designed and updated to reflect the new NICE guideline Atrial fibrillation: diagnosis and management NG196. The new version of the Tool is now launched and is FREE to use for qualified healthcare professionals working in the United Kingdom. Please visit https://www.anticoagulation-dst.co.uk/.
Pfizer Ltd on behalf of the BMS-Pfizer Alliance provided financial sponsorship for the redevelopment of the website. The Alliance did not initiate the initial development or redevelopment of the website, nor did they have any involvement in the initial development or redevelopment of the content.
ASTHMA & COPD REVIEW TOOLKIT
The Asthma and COPD Audit and Review Toolkit is a simple resource designed to support practitioners in identifying those patients who will most benefit from a review without contributing unduly to practice workload burden (PCRS Abs ID 286. PCRS Annual Conf 2021).
Developed in partnership between the Midlands Practice Pharmacy Network and Prescribing Decision Support Ltd at Keele University, the Toolkit incorporates a search report and protocol alerts to identify asthma and COPD patients at risk of unplanned admissions and/or displaying signs of poor disease control. The patient identification criteria used are consistent with many of the risk factors highlighted by the National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) and National COPD Audit Programme.
The Toolkit is FREE TO USE and available to download at https://asthmacopdtoolkit.org/.
The Toolkit is currently available for EMIS Web and SystmOne. (Includes installation guides.)
The development of the Toolkit and its delivery is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline. GlaxoSmithKline was involved in scoping for the Toolkit and has reviewed the Toolkit for compliance with the ABPI Code.
HOW TO JOIN
We currently have approximately 230 registered members of the MPPN.
Membership is FREE and open to clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the Midlands region of the UK who:
• are directly employed or contracted with a general practice, ICB or PCN. And/or
• have an IP qualification or are actively working towards an IP qualification and are actively considering a role working in general practice
• foundation year pharmacists
(Pharmacy technicians not currently employed or contracted with a general practice but who are actively considering a role in general practice are also eligible for membership.) Applicants may be asked to provide supporting evidence.
Please email the completed form to Bev Cartledge at email@example.com.
Members’ personal data will not be shared with any third parties and will only be used to support MPPN activities and processes (for example, circulation of materials and invitations to events) and to comply with legal and good governance obligations.
COMMITTEE, CONSTITUTION & SPONSORSHIP
Chair, Bharat Patel, Clinical Pharmacist, Rushall Medical Centre
Vice-Chair, Hemant Patel, Clinical Pharmacist, Umbrella Group
The MPPN Committee comprises 7 members: a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and professional leads who take responsibility for areas such as training, service evaluation and membership. We meet every two months.
All members are invited to submit agenda items for discussion and we welcome approaches from any member who wishes to join the Committee.
The MPPN welcomes appropriate sponsorship and joint working opportunities with commercial organisations such as pharmaceutical companies.
We will work with commercial organisations where the proposed relationship and/or activity being supported:
is consistent with the our professional aims and our principles regarding integrity, independence and transparency
has been approved in advance in accordance with the MPPN's internal assessment processes
To date, we have received support from several pharmaceutical companies who have had exhibition stand space at our training workshops. This enables us to provide training free-of-charge to our members. None of the companies have had any input into the content of the programmes; and have had no involvement in choosing, briefing or paying the speakers.