Pharmacy team appoints specialist mental health and cancer specialists

LPP has seconded mental health pharmacist Glenn Harley and cancer specialists Tim McCarthy and Pauline McCalla to its Pharmacy & Medicines Use team.

Pharmacy team appoints specialist mental health and cancer specialists

The appointments are to support LPP's work to improve the quality and safety of prescribing in mental health while reducing expenditure, and to support the development of new initiatives to improve the cost-effectiveness of use and procurement of anticancer and supportive care medicines, procurement collaborative NHS London Procurement Partnership

Medicines cost the NHS in London £2bn a year, and LPP’s Pharmacy team aims to drive the cost effective and equitable use of medicines by promoting efficient procurement and clinical engagement.

As Jas Khambh (Pharmacy & Medicines Use and Procurement Lead for Primary Care) says, “Prescribing in mental health forms a large part of the primary and secondary care prescribing expenditure. There are various QIPP initiatives for mental health that will benefit from a pan-London support programme led by Glenn through the LPP, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality and safety of prescribing in mental health, reducing expenditure, and supporting the implementation of national guidance.”

One of the key objectives for Glenn, formerly lead pharmacist for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services with the East London NHS Foundation Trust, will be to implement the recommendations of the Department of Health “Top Tips for Mental Health Use Efficiency Schemes” encouraging mutually agreed decisions and practice, and encouraging collaborative working across primary and secondary care.

Tim McCarthy and Pauline McCalla are joining as Lead Cancer Pharmacists. Tim’s permanent post is as Drug Resource Manager at The Royal Marsden Hospital. Pauline is Principal Pharmacist, Haematology & Oncology at Ealing Hospital and, until 31st March, was Lead Pharmacist for the West London Cancer Network.

Phil Aubrey, LPP Operational Lead for Secondary Care adds, “In their LPP roles Tim and Pauline will work closely with colleagues in the two new Integrated Cancer Networks in London to identify new opportunities and develop new initiatives to improve the cost-effectiveness of use and procurement of anticancer and supportive care medicines. They will also support the continued local implementation of established initiatives.”

03-04-13    Pharmacy

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