The Professional Record Standards Body has published a standard to support information sharing between community pharmacists and GP practices.

Pharmacies are offering an increased range of services to support care for people in the community. It is essential that they are able to share vital information about a person's care with GP practices and other services. By doing this digitally, we can ensure that care professionals have timely access to relevant information, leading to better, safer and more personalised care. The standard has been published in two stages.

Stage 1
- Vaccinations administered by community pharmacists
- Emergency medicines supplied by community pharmacists

Stage 2
- Medication reviews
- Appliance use review
- New medicine services
- Digital minor illness referral scheme
- Hospital discharge summaries to community pharmacies

The standard has been published in collaboration with NHS Digital and the Royal College of Physicians' Health Informatics Unit. It has been developed with clinical leadership provided by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners, as well as other professionals, including pharmacists and GPs, to ensure the right information is recorded.

Endorsement

Stage 1 endorsing organisations

  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
  • Tech UK
  • Association of Pharmacy Technicians

The standard also has support from:

  • National Pharmacy Association
  • Company Chemists’ Association
  • Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies
  • United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association

Stage 2
The PRSB is publishing stage 2 of the Pharmacy standard in draft form while it undergoes endorsement by our relevant member organisations.

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We are pleased that the pharmacy information flows standard is now complete, so that community pharmacists can start sharing vital information with GPs. Once it’s put into practice, we expect this to support better, safer and more personalised care, and to demonstrate the valuable services that pharmacy professionals provide.”

Stephen Goundrey-Smith, Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s advisor to the PRSB and a clinical lead on the project.

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