Beacon Medical Group and local Devon Pharmacies featured in new national best practice guide

Beacon Medical Group and local Devon Pharmacies featured in new national best practice guide

May 21, 2018

The National Association of Primary Care has published their new guide to inspire further integration of community pharmacy within primary care homes (PCHs) to improve patients’ health and support them to manage their conditions. The local GP practice (Beacon Medical Group) which supports patients across Ivybridge, Plymouth and South Devon has featured heavily in its efforts to work more closely with high street pharmacies and provide more services for local people; as does the Pharmacy First scheme commissioned by NEW Devon CCG and South Devon & Torbay CCG.

While community pharmacy and general practice have traditionally worked closely together, the paper concludes that by learning from those leading the way, such as Beacon Medical Group, and exploring innovative ways of working together they could have a far bigger impact on improving the health and care needs of their local population.

The new guide Primary care home: community pharmacy integration and innovation was developed by national clinical leaders and looks at ways local pharmaceutical committees such as Devon LPC, community pharmacies and PCHs can make greater use of pharmacists’ skills as part of a PCHs’ whole population health management approach.


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